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Is the automotive supply chain compatible with Corporate Social Responsible practices? (In French)

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  • Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA UMR CNRS 5113)

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This paper tries to examine what are the conditions of the diffusion of Corporate Social Responsibility in the first tier suppliers. These types of firms are specific because, if they are subcontractors, they are also big firms with a real capability to develop their own strategies. We discuss critically the Business Case approach and the other approaches which are looking for efficiency of CSR in terms of production cost or productivity. We propose to consider how the vertical relationships are really built, and by studying the principles of buyer-suppliers coordination, we show that these relationships are creating a lot of contradictions with CSR objectives.

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  • Vincent FRIGANT (GREThA UMR CNRS 5113), 2009. "Is the automotive supply chain compatible with Corporate Social Responsible practices? (In French)," Cahiers du GREThA 2009-08, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
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    Keywords

    Corporate social responsibility; CSR; Coordination; Automotive; First tier suppliers;

    JEL classification:

    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • L62 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Automobiles; Other Transportation Equipment; Related Parts and Equipment

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