Sustainability performance and management systems at Swedish fish & seafood wholesalers
This is a bachelor thesis within the subject of Corporate Sustainability and Business Administration related to performance measurement of sustainability and how this impacts profitability. Through this study the researchers seek to create a deeper understanding for how large Swedish wholesalers of fish & seafood can develop more effective business operations and contribute to a sustainable fish & seafood industry while retaining or improving their profitability. As suggested by the literature, measuring and monitoring sustainability performance is a key component in achieving sustainability within businesses. This research builds on the scope of strategic CSR and the assumption that sustainability is a requirement for, and can even drive firms’ long-term profitability. By developing KPIs, Key Performance Indicators, based on non-financial information companies can manage their operations more accurately from a sustainability point of view, but also perform from a business perspective. The purpose of this thesis is to examine whether such KPI-based management models can be applied to large Swedish food wholesalers within the Fish & Seafood (F&S) category. The project was conducted with a qualitative method, a deductive approach and interviews at some of Sweden’s largest wholesalers of fish & seafood. The results show that Swedish fish & seafood wholesalers are not using the KPI-based models, that some consider sustainability efforts as important for their long-term profitability, and that sustainability efforts are rather developed more by stakeholder dialogue and business acumen.
Sustainability, KPI, Key Performance Indicator, CSR, Fish, Seafood, Overfishing, Wholesaler, Performance Measurement, Performance Management, Financial Performance, Profitability.
Environmental Management/Uthålligt företagande
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