Sustainability innovations and tensions among value chain partners: insights from the tannery industry
|Dates:||12 June 2017|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester Institute of Innovation Research|
|Venue opening hours:||1-2pm (coffee from 12.30pm)|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Valentina De Marchi|
The more firms are challenged to consider their environmental impacts, the more they are asked to introduce new products and processes that reduce or avoid harm on the environment.
As production is spread among different firms – each responsible for different steps of the value chain – achieving sustainability is even more challenging.
Indeed, it requires the effective collaboration and the alignment among companies that have different strategic incentives and even a different perception about the sustainability challenge.
The presentation is based on the in-depth analysis of environmental process innovation recently developed by firms located in the tannery district of Arzignano (Italy) in the context of the European Project “Greenlife”.
Leveraging on the literature that focused on tensions in corporate sustainability, it highlights what are the tensions involved in the development of environmental innovation when considering
the global value chain level and it suggested the importance of collaboration among different partners and the role of local proximity to try tackling them.
Valentina De Marchi
Organisation: University of Padova
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