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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Sustainable consumption and production and political economy in the UK food service sector

This project examines the relation between corporate governance, or ownership structure, and sustainable consumption and production in the UK food service sector.

Our aims

Combine harvester.

This consumer market is worth £58billion, employing almost 10% of the UK workforce.

The project’s focus is comparative case studies of the development of sustainability initiatives in two companies with different histories of corporate governance: SSP Group and Whitbread Plc.

A comparative analysis allows the exploration of questions around the relationship between corporate sustainability (including the production of sustainable consumption) on the one hand, and financialisation, shareholder value and corporate governance on the other.

The theoretical objective is to use the cases to explore how economic imaginaries invest socio-economic configurations of production, distribution, exchange and consumption.

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