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Mobilising SDG 12: co-creating sustainability through brands

Nitha Palakshappa (School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University – Albany Campus, North Shore City, New Zealand)
Sarah Dodds (School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University – Albany Campus, North Shore City, New Zealand)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Article publication date: 28 July 2020




This research extends understanding of the role brand co-creation plays in encouraging ethical consumption. The paper addresses sustainable development goal 12 (SDG 12): ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, exploring how brand co-creation can be employed to advance this development goal.


The Customer Brand Co-creation Model is used within an embedded case design to understand the role of the brand and the consumer in promoting sustainable consumption within the fashion industry.


Initial insights suggest marketing has much to offer sustainability through the use of the brand. An extended brand co-creation framework highlights the importance of embedding sustainability and viewing the consumer as central to mobilising SDG12.

Practical implications

An important concern is to ensure sustainability is embedded within the activities and strategy of the organisation and viewed as integral rather than peripheral.


The paper examines aspects crucial to co-creation of “sustainability” through a focus on both the consumer and the brand. Case narratives provide a strong foundation to consider the Customer Brand Co-creation Model and implications of this framework for managerial practice. This study extends the model to encompass the umbrella of “sustainability” and the firm's perspective.



We would like to acknowledge and thank the reviewers for their insightful comments and contributions.


Palakshappa, N. and Dodds, S. (2021), "Mobilising SDG 12: co-creating sustainability through brands", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 265-283.



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