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Responsible procurement and complex product chains: the case of chemical risks in textiles

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  • Magnus Bostr�m
  • Natasja B�rjeson
  • Michael Gilek
  • Anna Maria J�nsson
  • Mikael Karlsson
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    The objective of this study is to gain insights about the opportunities and challenges that private and public organisations face regarding the development of responsible procurement in a complex and uncertain issue. The paper focuses on chemicals in textiles, and uses a qualitative methodology with semi-structured interviews. Key elements of a pro-active, responsible procurement strategy are defined, including criteria such as using a preventive, systematic, responsive, integrative and reflective approach. The analysis includes the following topics: (1) priorities and knowledge; (2) communicative strategies; (3) policy instruments; (4) monitoring and trust in relation to suppliers. The results show a fairly modest level of organisational responsibility, although it is possible to observe an initial positive development.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

    Volume (Year): 55 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (April)
    Pages: 95-111

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:55:y:2012:i:1:p:95-111

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