Sustainability and the food industry
- Module code
- Module leader
- Richard Baines
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 25 hours
- Teaching period
- Monday AM
This module focuses on the challenges aimed at businesses and corporations along agri-food supply chains to demonstrate environmentally responsible practices and corporate social responsibility (CSR), or put simply Corporate Responsibility (CR). The following themes will be developed:
- Business externalities (policy, society, pressure groups, trading partners, customers etc.) and how to address these.
- Business policies and procedures to address environmental (and social) issues (assessment tools and standards)
- The use of environmental and social tools linked to business responsibilities and activity
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate the advanced technical, managerial and behavioural skills to manage activities associated with operating a “sustainable” food business.
- Critically evaluate the use of “sustainability” tools in a given food business environment.
- Work independently and demonstrate creativity and independence of thought in the development of a sustainability audit, its implementation and the development of appropriate corrective actions.
|Coursework||1 x report||100%|
Students should be familiar with the content of ALL of the following:
- Manning L., Baines R.N., and Chadd S.A. (2006), "Ethical modelling of the food supply chain", British Food Journal, Vol. 108, No. 5, pp. 358-370.
- Manning L., Baines R.N., and Chadd S.A. (2007), "Benchmarking the poultry meat supply chain", Benchmarking: An International Journal Vol. 15, No. 2-3 2008, pp. 148-165
- Manning L. (2008), "The impact of water quality and availability on food production", British Food Journal, Vol. 110, No. 8, pp. 762-780.
- Manning, L., (2013) "Corporate and consumer social responsibility in the food supply chain", British Food Journal, Vol, 115, No. 1 pp2-29
- Cool Farm Tool. Available at: http://coolfarmtool.org/
- LEAF website. Available at: http://www.leafuk.org/leaf/home.eb
- Agenda 21: UN Sustainable Development (No date) [Online] (Accessed 2nd Sept 2015)
- Blowfield, M. (2012) Business and sustainability. Oxford University Press.
- Hitchcock, D.E. and Willard, M.L. (2009) The business guide to sustainability: practical strategies and tools for organizations. 2nd edn. London: Earthscan. [E-book Available at:] Here. (Accessed: 02 September 2015).
- CRONER PUBLICATIONS (no date) Croner's environmental management. [Reference material] Croner Publications.
- EEA, 2015, The European environment — state and outlook 2015: synthesis report, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen.
- https://www.kowi.de/Portaldata/2/Resources/horizon2020/coop/SOER-Synthesis-2015-EN.pdf (Accessed 2nd Sept 2015)
- Evans, J.P. (2011) Environmental governance. London: Routledge. (Routledge introductions to environment).
- Kütting, G. (2011) Global environmental politics: concepts, theories and case studies. London: Routledge.
- Leipziger, D. (2003). The Corporate Responsibility Code Book. Greenleaf Publishing. Mahonge, C.P.I. (2010) Co-managing complex social-ecological systems in Tanzania: The case of Lake Jipe wetland. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic. (Environmental policy series; Environmental policy series, 2)
- Moon, J. (2014) Corporate social responsibility: a very short introduction. Oxford University Press. (Very short introductions, 414).
- OECD. (1993). Agricultural and Environmental Policy Integration.
- Therivel et al. (1992). Strategic Environmental Assessment. Earthscan publications.
- ISO (2000) 14001 Environmental Management Standard
- BSI (2006) BS8333 Environmental Standard for Small Businesses
- Environmental Legislation – see http://www.netregs.gov.uk