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Environmental Good Practices and Labour Productivity in the Hotel Industry

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 13452

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Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Tourism, University of Malaga, 29007 Malaga, Spain
Interests: human capital; wages & productivity in tourism sector; competitiveness of tourism destinations; tourism sector

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Department of Economic Analysis and Political Economics, Faculty of Law, Campus Ramón y Cajal, 41018 Seville, Spain
Interests: energy & water resources; microeconomics; tourism sector
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Dear Colleagues,

One of the main characteristics of the evolution of tourism throughout the 21st century is the increasing importance that tourists give to environmental respect by tourism firms, particularly hotel establishments, which tourists have a direct influence on, since their increasing environmental awareness has led to a greater demand for ecologically respectful accommodation.

Such tourist demands have consequences in hotel companies’ procedures. The first one is that firms need to be able to provide a service that meets customer needs while controlling costs and optimizing benefits; the second characteristic is related to the immense consumption of water and energy and the actions planned by the firm to involve its guests in its reduction; the third one is the appearance of a special type of consumer-tourist, the so-called “green consumer”, who indirectly exerts a noteworthy influence on the actions of tourism firms.

Related to the latter, the type of tourism determines the type of environmental good practices the hotel is willing to implement. Thus, depending on the target and type of tourism, firms pay more attention to environmental protection. In this sense, companies in which the natural environment is part of their product, such as those whose establishments are located near the beach or focused on nature tourism, have to be more concerned with environmental good practices.

Even though empirical results provided by the previous literature suggest that environmental differentiation may be an order qualifier for hotels, we are observing a lack of studies on the impact of environmental goods practices and their relationship with labor productivity.

This Special Issue aims to contribute to the economic literature in this field by investigating the implementation of environmental good practices and their impact on labor productivity in the hotel sector and wants to investigate the following topics in their close relation to labor productivity:

  • Corporate social responsibility;
  • Cleaner production;
  • Eco-innovation and performance;
  • Eco-innovative production;
  • Ecological leadership;
  • Energy and emissions;
  • Environmental management;
  • Environmental good practices;
  • Indices for measuring
  • Labor productivity;
  • Stakeholders and good practices;
  • Sustainability in hospitality.
Prof. Dr. José Luis Sánchez Ollero
Prof. Dr. Javier Sánchez-Rivas García
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • corporate social responsibility
  • eco-innovation
  • environment
  • good practices
  • hospitality
  • labor productivity

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Do Environmental Transformational Leadership Predicts Organizational Citizenship Behavior towards Environment in Hospitality Industry: Using Structural Equation Modelling Approach
by Jehanzeb Khan Gurmani, Noor Ullah Khan, Muhammad Khalique, Muhammad Yasir, Asfia Obaid and Nur Ain Ayunni Sabri
Sustainability 2021, 13(10), 5594; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105594 - 17 May 2021
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Voluntary pro-environmental behaviors in the workplace such as organizational citizenship behavior towards environment (OCBE) are pertinent for the organizations striving to become environmentally responsible entities. The significance of OCBE for green organizational initiatives has led scholars to strive for expanding its nomological network. [...] Read more.
Voluntary pro-environmental behaviors in the workplace such as organizational citizenship behavior towards environment (OCBE) are pertinent for the organizations striving to become environmentally responsible entities. The significance of OCBE for green organizational initiatives has led scholars to strive for expanding its nomological network. Approaching from the theoretical angle of the social information processing approach, this quantitative, survey-based study theoretically links and empirically tests the impact of environmental transformational leadership on organizational citizenship behavior towards environment (OCBE) via mediating mechanism of perceived meaningful work. Data from a sample of 311 employees working in Pakistan’s hospitality sector were collected and analyzed to test the hypothesized relationships using structural equation modelling. Results indicated the indirect effect of perceived meaningful work on the relationship between environmental transformational leadership and organizational citizenship behavior towards environment. Implications of both theoretical and practical nature are laid out in the relevant sections of the paper. Full article
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Building a Theoretical Framework for Corporate Sustainability
by Joaquin Sanchez-Planelles, Marival Segarra-Oña and Angel Peiro-Signes
Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 273; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010273 - 30 Dec 2020
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Literature about sustainability and sustainable businesses has become a large field of study during the last years. This field is growing so fast that there are sub-areas or bodies of literature within the sustainability which scopes with clear boundaries between each other. This [...] Read more.
Literature about sustainability and sustainable businesses has become a large field of study during the last years. This field is growing so fast that there are sub-areas or bodies of literature within the sustainability which scopes with clear boundaries between each other. This has caused the apparition of several methodologies and tools for turning traditional companies into sustainable business models. This paper aims to develop the descriptive stage of the theory building process through a careful review of literature to create the first phase of a theory about corporate sustainability. It provides the following classification of concepts retrieved from the observation of the state of art: holistic sustainability, sustainable business models, sustainable methodologies, sustainable operations, and sustainability-oriented innovation. In addition, it seeks to establish relationships between the sustainable concepts and the expected outcomes that their implementation can generate among companies and organizations. Finally, it gives an overview of possibilities for managers that want to embed sustainability in their firms and clear paths of research for keeping the building of the theory about corporate sustainability as a process of constant iteration and improvement. Full article
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