Managerial practices of reducing food waste in supermarkets

Christine Moser*

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Reducing food waste is typically part of a supermarket’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy and includes actions and policies that should satisfy the expectations of diverse stakeholders. Managers are responsible for implementing CSR strategies. However, how and why do supermarket managers engage in supermarket food waste reduction practices has been largely ignored by existing research. Moser draws on qualitative data collected among Dutch supermarket managers and provides implications for theory and practice. First, she shows how managers carry out micro-CSR practices and highlights the important role of knowledge sharing. In practical terms, it is important to share best practices, to share knowledge, to collaborate with external partners, and to engage with governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood waste management
Subtitle of host publicationSolving the wicked problem
EditorsElina Närvänen, Nina Mesiranta, Malla Mattila, Anna Heikkinen
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030205614
ISBN (Print)9783030205607 , 9783030205638
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Supermarkets
  • Food waste chain
  • Food waste practices
  • Supermarket managers
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • CSR
  • Case study
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Reducing food waste
  • Sharing knowledge

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