Erik Roos Lindgreen
Exploring assessment practices of companies actively engaged with circular economy
Roos Lindgreen, Erik; Opferkuch, Katelin; Walker, Anna M.; Salomone, Roberta; Reyes, Tatiana; Raggi, Andrea; Simboli, Alberto; Vermeulen, Walter J. V.; Caeiro, Sandra
Anna M. Walker
Walter J. V. Vermeulen
An emerging research area is dedicated to developing approaches for assessing the ‘circularity’ of companies and their products, within the context of sustainability goals. However, empirical evidence on the uptake of these assessment approaches remains scarce. Using a purposive sampling, we conducted a survey receiving 155 responses and held 43 semi-structured interviews with Dutch and Italian companies active in circular economy (CE), pursuing three research aims: to explore the use of CE and sustainability assessment approaches; to study the process of developing assessment approaches; and to uncover benefits of—and barriers to—CE assessment. While we find high variability of assessment approaches, most often, companies develop tailor-made sustainability indicators and apply life cycle assessments to CE strategies. Importantly, assessment development for CE practices requires and facilitates collaboration with external stakeholders. Finally, we reflect on the paradox of standardisation versus tailoring of assessment approaches within the CE reality and recommend establishing company needs and capabilities before designing assessment approaches.
Roos Lindgreen, E., Opferkuch, K., Walker, A. M., Salomone, R., Reyes, T., Raggi, A., …Caeiro, S. (2022). Exploring assessment practices of companies actively engaged with circular economy. Business strategy and the environment : BSE, 31(4), 1414-1438. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2962
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Nov 15, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 12, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Feb 14, 2022|
|Publicly Available Date||Feb 15, 2022|
|Journal||Business Strategy and the Environment|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Circularity indicators; Corporate sustainability; Material flow analysis; Mixed methods; Stakeholder engagement; Sustainability assessment|
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