In search of sustainable and responsible consumption.
Kos Koklic, Mateja
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ZABKAR, V., KOS KOKLIC, M., MCDONALD, S. and ABOSAG, I. . In search of sustainable and responsible consumption. European journal of marketing [online], (accepted).
Sustainability entails meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It has become a major norm of behaviour of various societal groups in recent years and it is an increasingly prominent topic of academic research, public policy making and marketing practice. The core idea of sustainability is based on the rethinking of consumption. Numerous researchers emphasize that consumption patterns are seen as a major contributor to the current environmental and social problems. On the one hand, companies recognize stakeholders’ expectations and respond to them by committing to more sustainable activities, while on the other hand, consumers are also expected to behave sustainably and in doing so contribute to sustainable development. This expectation has led to seeing consumers as “agents of social change”.