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Tales from the countryside: Unpacking “passing the environmental buck” as hypocritical practice in the food supply chain

Glover, Jane; Touboulic, Anne

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Jane Glover



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© 2020 Using a critical power lens and the concept of organisational hypocrisy, we explore how actors across the supply chain have been able to pass risk and responsibility for environmental impacts down the supply chain, in addition to associated economic costs. We use vignettes to relay farmers’ experiences and voices, which remain seldom heard in both practice and research. We argue that the main effect of the hypocritical practice of ‘passing the environmental buck’ is a removal of the farmers’ agency, paradoxically coupled with an increase in their responsibilities. We see this approach by large corporations as a mechanism that helps to mask their increasing dependence on this group to achieve their environmental goals.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 29, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 20, 2020
Publication Date Dec 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 21, 2022
Journal Journal of Business Research
Print ISSN 0148-2963
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 121
Pages 33-46
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.06.066
Keywords hypocritical practice, food supply chain, power, environmental responsibility
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/4779787
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0148296320304410

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