Making the Supply Chain visible Reporting of corporate social responsibility in the supply chain; An investigation into UK clothing retailers

Warren, Hayely Joanne (2010) Making the Supply Chain visible Reporting of corporate social responsibility in the supply chain; An investigation into UK clothing retailers. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper offers a preliminary exploration of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues being addressed by UK owned clothing retailers. The study focuses on what retailers disclose and report with regards to the social activities in their supply chain, and discusses whether the information provides a ‘visible’ account of the activities in the social supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws its empirical information from the CSR reports and information posted on the company’s website. Both quantitative and qualitative methodological investigations were used in order to capture, and provide some illustrative examples of, CSR agendas in the social supply chain.

Findings – The findings reveal that each of the retailers has its own approach to CSR and that there are substantial variations in the nature and extent of the reporting process. There is some common ground in reporting with regards to codes of conduct, auditing and stakeholder engagement. There is evidence to suggest that CSR is on the business agenda but for some retailers it is not integral element of their core business.

Originality/value – The paper provides an accessible review of CSR activities with regards to social supply chain agendas being pursued and reported by the UK’s retailers.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 11:31
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 04:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/24376

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