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


  • Magnus Boström
  • Natasja Börjeson
  • Michael Gilek
  • Anna Maria Jönsson
  • Mikael Karlsson


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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  • Magnus Boström & Natasja Börjeson & Michael Gilek & Anna Maria Jönsson & Mikael Karlsson, 2012. "Responsible procurement and complex product chains: the case of chemical risks in textiles," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 55(1), pages 95-111, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:55:y:2012:i:1:p:95-111
    DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2011.581885

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    1. Niklas Egels-Zandén & Niklas Hansson, 2016. "Supply Chain Transparency as a Consumer or Corporate Tool: The Case of Nudie Jeans Co," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 39(4), pages 377-395, December.
    2. Magnus Boström, 2015. "Between Monitoring and Trust: Commitment to Extended Upstream Responsibility," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 131(1), pages 239-255, September.
    3. Patrik Hall & Karl Löfgren & Gregory Peters, 2016. "Greening the Street-Level Procurer: Challenges in the Strongly Decentralized Swedish System," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 39(4), pages 467-483, December.

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