Green Supply Chains and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

One of the best definitions of Corporate Social Responsibility is perhaps provided by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s The Benchmark Foundation. It states:

“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the decision-making and implementation process that guides all company activities in the protection and promotion of international human rights, labor and environmental standards and compliance with legal requirements within its operations and in its relations to the societies and communities where it operates. CSR involves a commitment to contribute to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of communities through the on-going engagement of stakeholders, the active participation of communities impacted by company activities and the public reporting of company policies and performance in the economic, environmental and social arenas.”

There is a strong connection between Corporate Social Responsibility and Green Supply Chains. One of the most effective tools to achieve green transformations in the corporate world is Green Supply Chain management. It focuses on sustainable design that increases environmental and social awareness across the supply chain. Sustainable design involves reengineering of design processes to meet current and future human needs without compromising the environment. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste and create healthy, productive environments through:

Despite an area of significant overlap, GSCM is however not a subset of CSR. While CSR focuses on area under the direct control of a particular organization, Green Supply Chain thinking goes beyond that to recognize that in today’s corporate world, the area of influence of an organization persists far beyond its boundaries. Hence GSCM calls on all partners of a particular supply chain to collaborate to create an end-to-end Green Supply Chain to assure a sustainable and prosperous future.

Source : Emmet & Sood – Green Supply Chains : An Action Manifesto. This book was awarded certificate as “The Most innovative Supply Chain book in the last decade (2000-2010)

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  • Tristen Andrew says:

    The nature of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the expectations regarding disclosures in this area are changing rapidly. In addition, nowadays companies are increasingly encouraged to explore and report on details of impacts in the entire supply chain. The environmental dimension of CSR concerns the company’s inputs and outputs as well as diverse environmental impacts related to the product and services. This article presents an analysis of CSR reporting in Poland in order to identify the current scope and specificity of disclosures of the Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) practices. The results of the empirical research have shown that CSR reports in Poland depict quite extensive activities and indicators related to the implementation of cleaner technologies and environmentally friendly processes. There is much less information on requirements for suppliers and subcontractors to maintain relevant environmental standards, the inclusion of environmental criteria in the supplier selection, consideration of environmental issues in the selection of transport modes and distribution channels or commitment to environmental protection in marketing activities. However, disclosures of actions that concern the life cycle assessment of products or incorporation of environmental criteria into the process of design and development of products and services are extremely rare. This means that a great number of CSR reporting companies in Poland have not paid sufficient attention to the comprehensive disclosures of the GSCM practices so far. This also suggests that a considerable number of the GSCM issues are not perceived by them as significant impacts.

  • Kinsley says:

    The Definition clearly described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s The Benchmark Foundation.

    Here I too researched over CSR some useful information what I got is…

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a broad term used to describe a company’s efforts to improve society in some way. These efforts can range from donating money to nonprofits to implementing environmentally-friendly policies in the workplace. CSR is important for companies, nonprofits, and employees alike.

  • Chase CEO says:

    I read about green supply chains and corporate social responsibility:
    My question If You Saw A Coworker Doing Something Dishonest, What Would You Do?

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