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Fashion sourcing in China is changing: Energy perspectives on sustainable sourcing in China
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to create a deeper understanding of the challenges of Chineseenergy sources in the fashion production from the point of view of a retailer's sourcingactivities in the fast changing China. Three areas, namely, corporate social responsibility(CSR), global sourcing and changing Chinese market environment serve as the academicfoundation for understanding the current dynamics of fashion production in China. Thistheoretical framework illuminates the key drivers behind the progress of environmentalperformance in Chinese fashion production. Retailers identify energy use and especially, thesource of energy, in the production as a major environmental challenge, especially in Chinawith coal as its main source. The perspectives of five Chinese fashion garment suppliers arepresented by using a qualitative case study method. The findings show that Chinese fashionsuppliers have almost no direct power to influence the energy sources used for electricity inthe production. However, the Chinese government focuses on improving the energy supplyand promoting the use of renewable energies in China, with increasing pressure on thefactories to reduce their energy intensity. The findings in this thesis show that we are movingtowards an upward curve of higher retail prices and increased sustainability throughout theChinese supply chain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
China, sourcing, energy, coal, production, CSR, sustainability, fashion
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63370OAI: diva2:448558
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2011-10-17 Created: 2011-10-17 Last updated: 2011-10-17Bibliographically approved

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