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Stakeholder accountability in the UK supermarket sector

Report/paper, 32 pages
PDF  16003IIED.pdf (409.5 KB)

This report charts the course of the Race to the Top project, an innovative collaboration to track supermarket progress towards sustainability. The report outlines the features of the UK supermarket sector that made the project so timely - and so challenging: market concentration at every level of the supply chain; the supremacy of shareholder value delivered through customer satisfaction; and the pace of business strategy outstripping the capacity or will of public policy makers to play catch-up. This report is a primer for the strategic and tactical choices that will now need to be made. There are lessons for coalition-building; for collaboration between businesses and NGOs; and for the future of sectoral regulation.

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