The Governance of Global Supply Chains

Antonio Tencati

in The Responsible Corporation in a Global Economy

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592173
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729058 | DOI:
The Governance of Global Supply Chains

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This chapter examines ethical issues in global supply chains in relation to how social responsibility expectations are being transferred from one actor to another along a ‘reverse’ supply chain. Supply chain processes are examined from the perspective of buyer firms imposing CSR expectations, as well as from the supplier firms responding to CSR business practice expectations. A process is described whereby, through several codes of conduct and international standards, CSR business practice expectations are entering the boundaries of developing country supplier firms, which paradoxically can act as technical barriers to trade for smaller firms. The chapter goes on to provide some examples of ‘values‐driven enterprises’ such as Coop Italia, illycaffè, and the Slow Food Movement, which demonstrate more ethical and collaborative forms of governance towards their supplier firms.

Keywords: CSR; supply chains; SMEs; value‐driven enterprises

Chapter.  7214 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Corporate Governance

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