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AuthorTröster, Rasmusdc.contributor.author
Date of accession2018-09-03T14:06:18Zdc.date.accessioned
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Year of creation2018dc.date.created
Date of first publication2018-09-03dc.date.issued
AbstractTo tackle sustainability issues in the sector of mineral resources combined with insufficient governmental efforts towards sustainability in certain regions, voluntary sustainability certification schemes (CS) have been developed by different private actors. Research dealing with CS has put effort into the analysis of factors beneficial for the success of CS. Despite their relevance, only little research has analyzed the internal factors of CS (design characteristics) on a comprehensive level. Similarly, although research identifies the acceptance of CS to be an important success dimensions, empirical research dealing with a broad stakeholder basis, involving diverse stakeholder views is underrepresented so far. Moreover, despite its substantial sustainability impact, little attention has been paid to the application of CS in sector of mineral resources. It is the aim of this thesis to address these research gaps by conducting empirical research on CS in the sector of mineral resources with a focus on different design characteristics of CS and while considering diverse stakeholder views. By relying on a literature study, this thesis contributes to a better understanding of the comprehensive cross-sectoral scientific discussion on CS. Moreover, it enriches the quantitative empirical research on the design characteristics of CS and the stakeholder demands in the sector of mineral resources. The results of the literature study show that in the cross-sectoral scientific discussion on CS the influence of certain success factors on specific success dimensions is analyzed more comprehensively than others; i.e. the scientific discussion mainly focuses on certain research topics. For example, the influence of the quality of the requirements set by the CS on the improvement of sustainability issues on site. On the other hand, certain aspects were less discussed; for example, the influence of cooperation between single CS on the improvement of sustainability problems. Turning to stakeholder demands and design characteristics, it becomes clear that the presence of a traceability mechanism is the most important driver for the acceptance of CS by the relevant stakeholder groups in the sector of mineral resources. Similar results can be observed for a high transparency of the CS, a high market share and progressive requirements. Furthermore, design characteristics that decrease the efforts to comply with the CS’ requirements improve the acceptance by mining companies and design characteristics that promote the sustainability performance of mining companies support the acceptance by governmental organizations and partly of civil society actors. However, a high market share of CS does not influence the acceptance by sustainable finance actors. Specific CS in the sector of mineral resources, such as Fairmined or Fairtrade, meet the demands of all stakeholder groups comparatively well. CS that were developed by representatives from the supply chain and the civil society meet the demands of the stakeholder groups the representatives originate from, whereas CS originating from mining representatives meet the demands of the mining companies as a whole poorly. Old CS and CS having an overarching mineral focus perform poorly in fulfilling all stakeholder demands. This is mainly because they have not implemented traceability systems. The results of the thesis help scientists dealing with success factors of CS as well as practitioners, such as CS’ decision-makers. By merging the scientific discussions on CS, this thesis captures the growing debate on CS and establishes a critical link between the cross-sectoral contributions in this research field. In this way, it enables and fosters an interdisciplinary discussion on CS which is necessary for understanding CS comprehensively. Moreover, it enriches the scientific discussion on CS in the field of mineral resources by adding a multi-stakeholder perspective and simultaneously by taking diverse design characteristics into consideration. CS’ representatives can use the findings as a general recommendation to improve their design characteristics with regard to the demands of their most important stakeholder groups and as comparison with important competitors.dc.description.abstract
Languageendc.language.iso
PublisherUniversität Ulmdc.publisher
Articles in publ.Tröster, R., Hiete, M., 2018. Success of voluntary sustainability certification schemes – A comprehensive review. Journal of Cleaner Production 196, 1034–1043, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.240.dc.relation.haspart
Articles in publ.Tröster, R., Sauer, P., Drempetic, S., Krause, F., 2018. Drivers of Acceptance of Voluntary Sustainability Certification Schemes in the Sector of Mineral Resources – A Factorial Survey, Manuscript submitted for publication.dc.relation.haspart
Articles in publ.Tröster, R., Hiete, M., 2018. Do Voluntary Sustainability Certification Schemes in the Sector of Mineral Resources Meet Stakeholder Demands? – A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Manuscript submitted for publication.dc.relation.haspart
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Link to license texthttps://oparu.uni-ulm.de/xmlui/license_v3dc.rights.uri
KeywordStakeholdersdc.subject
KeywordCertification schemesdc.subject
KeywordDesign characteristicsdc.subject
Dewey Decimal GroupDDC 330 / Economicsdc.subject.ddc
LCSHSustainabilitydc.subject.lcsh
LCSHMines and mineral resources; Certificationdc.subject.lcsh
LCSHCertificates of origin; Design and constructiondc.subject.lcsh
TitleThe design of voluntary sustainability certification schemes and the role of stakeholder views : insights from the sector of mineral resourcesdc.title
Resource typeDissertationdc.type
Date of acceptance2018-07-23dcterms.dateAccepted
RefereeHiete, Michaeldc.contributor.referee
RefereeMüller, Martindc.contributor.referee
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.18725/OPARU-9546dc.identifier.doi
PPN1030478244dc.identifier.ppn
URNhttp://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:289-oparu-9603-5dc.identifier.urn
GNDStakeholderdc.subject.gnd
GNDGütezeichendc.subject.gnd
GNDZertifikatdc.subject.gnd
GNDNachhaltigkeitdc.subject.gnd
FacultyFakultät für Mathematik und Wirtschaftswissenschaftenuulm.affiliationGeneral
InstitutionInstitut für Theoretische Chemieuulm.affiliationSpecific
InstitutionInstitut für Nachhaltige Unternehmensführunguulm.affiliationSpecific
Grantor of degreeFakultät für Mathematik und Wirtschaftswissenschaftenuulm.thesisGrantor
DCMI TypeTextuulm.typeDCMI
CategoryPublikationenuulm.category
FundingNamiRo / Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung [01UT140]uulm.funding
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