Moving from Corporate Social Responsibility to Supply Chain Responsibility: The Case of a Leading UK Food Retailer
AbstractThe paper investigates the evolution from corporate social responsibility to supply chain responsibility via the examination of a leading UK food retailer. These two concepts differ substantially and illustrate contrasting approaches in terms of social responsibility development and application. A qualitative case study methodology is used where managers from that leading retailer and its suppliers, industry experts and representatives from professional bodies are interviewed. An observation of an ethical audit with a retailer’s supplier was also conducted. Findings show an example of good practice in the area of corporate social responsibility in the supply chain and illustrate the substantive progress that can be made in achieving supply chain responsibility. At the same time, the paper provides the specific challenges in developing from a corporate social watchdog approach to one in which the power in the chain is more balanced and where a holistic approach requires to be taken to social responsibility. Considering the scarcity of work examining empirically the issue of corporate social responsibility in food supply chains, this study demonstrates an evolutionary process and its stages based on an examination of the food retailer’s supply chain and the corporate social responsibility approach it has taken with its suppliers. We also illustrate a range of key implications that need to be considered by both managers and policy makers and we provide a range of areas where further research is required.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks in its series 2009 International European Forum, February 15-20, 2009, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria with number 59204.
Date of creation: Oct 2009
Date of revision:
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.fooddynamics.org/
Corporate social responsibility; Supply chain responsibility; Food supply chain; UK; Waitrose; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Farm Management; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
You can help add them by filling out this form.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (AgEcon Search).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.