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Sustainability in the Age of Platforms. CEPS Special Report. June 2019

Zarra, Antonella and Simonelli, Felice and Lenaerts, Karolien and Man, Luo and Baiocco, Sara and Shenglin, Ben and Li, Wenwei and Echikson, William and Kilhoffer, Zachary (2019) Sustainability in the Age of Platforms. CEPS Special Report. June 2019. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Over the past few decades, new digital platforms such as China’s Alibaba, Japan’s Rakuten and the U.S.’s eBay have grown from startups into multinational giants. With a few clicks of the keyboard, these online marketplaces bring together a seller and a buyer from anywhere in the globe. This study examines the transformative impact of online marketplaces on economic, social and environmental sustainability. It finds great opportunities. Platforms promote growth, break down barriers of distance and leap over rigid class structures, bringing marginalized outsiders into the mainstream. The study also identifies dangers stemming from the growth of e-commerce, from the reduction of labor protection to an explosion of shipping waste. What are the responsibilities of platforms? How can they promote sustainability? Policymakers are asking these questions, but struggling to find the correct balance between the opportunities against the dangers. Until now, these questions have received little attention from scholars. This study fills a much-needed void by providing some initial answers and recommendations for improvement.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > economic growth
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Special Reports
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 14:52
    Number of Pages: 90
    Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 15:28

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