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Assessing sustainability marketing from macromarketing perspective: a multistakeholder approach

Soha Abutaleb (Department of Marketing, German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)
Noha El-Bassiouny (Department of Marketing, German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 21 May 2020

Issue publication date: 15 December 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper examines three main stakeholders in the market and their roles toward achieving sustainability marketing. Those stakeholders are consumers, companies and policymakers. The current study is examining consumers’ attitudes toward sustainability marketing and their purchase intentions of sustainable products through the use of theory of planned behavior. The paper is also examining the role of companies and policymakers in encouraging consumers to consider sustainability in their purchasing decisions.

Design/methodology/approach

Concurrent research study is applied, where qualitative and quantitative research methods are conducted at the same time for different purposes with equal weights. Qualitative interviews were applied with fast-moving consumer goods companies and policymakers, while quantitative surveys were applied with Egyptian consumers.

Findings

The results showed that companies are taking serious and effective steps in transforming their marketing strategies into sustainable marketing ones. The government role is still limited as there are no strict laws and regulations that force companies and factories in Egypt to develop sustainability marketing strategies. Consumers’ attitudes were highly affected by firms' sustainable practices as well as subjective norms that led to influencing their intentions toward purchasing sustainable products.

Originality/value

Although the topic of sustainability marketing is considered by a plenty of researchers in the academic discipline, there are no studies that have combined the main three stakeholders' roles in achieving sustainability marketing in one study. The study highlights the impact of government role and firms' role on consumers' attitudes and purchase intentions toward sustainable products, especially convenient products. This was done through the adoption of the theory of planned behavior.

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Citation

Abutaleb, S. and El-Bassiouny, N. (2020), "Assessing sustainability marketing from macromarketing perspective: a multistakeholder approach", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 287-305. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-02-2019-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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