Title: Comparative study of Brazilian and US legislation regarding the economic impacts of food donation

Authors: Natalia Said Merched; Luciana Romano Morilas

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirao Preto, University of São Paulo – FEA-RP/USP, Av. Bandeirantes, 3900 – Monte Alegre – Sala 11, Bloco C2, FEA-RP, CEP 14040-900, Ribeirão Preto/SP, Brazil ' Department of Business Administration, School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirao Preto, University of São Paulo – FEA-RP/USP, Av. Bandeirantes, 3900 – Monte Alegre – Sala 11, Bloco C2, FEA-RP, CEP 14040-900, Ribeirão Preto/SP, Brazil

Abstract: The food waste presented by commerce may be translated as the loss of investment to the businessmen, not only for its intrinsic value, but also for the disposal cost. However, the reversal of this product loss in donation to the third sector could be interpreted as an investment in the society, decreasing, this way, the governmental expenses on social actions and transferring these resources to other weakened areas. Aiming at stimulating the food donation, the US Government created the Good Samaritan Act, which eliminates the civil and criminal responsibility of the donator on what is donated. The field research with traders has highlighted that the responsibility on donated products is a limiting factor to donations.

Keywords: donation; cost reduction; economic impact; Good Samaritan Statute.

DOI: 10.1504/LAJMSD.2016.083694

Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development, 2016 Vol.3 No.2, pp.147 - 158

Received: 24 May 2016
Accepted: 24 May 2016

Published online: 10 Apr 2017 *

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