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Focal firms face the challenge of ensuring compliance with their
corporate sustainability standards (CSS) within their own
organization, by their suppliers, and higher tiers of upstream
sub-suppliers — all the way up to suppliers of basic raw
materials. Supplier management strategies are key to increase
suppliers’ sustainability performance. While focal
firm’s sustainable supplier management practices towards their
first-tier suppliers have been studied relatively extensively,
little is known on how firms may approach suppliers beyond the
first-tier level, the sub-suppliers. Focal firms’ challenges
range from the mere identification of sub-suppliers to little
opportunities to enforce sub-suppliers’ practices.
This paper investigates the sub-supplier management practices of two focal firms in the electronic and retail industry by case study research. It proposes that by actively managing sub-suppliers through assessment and collaboration firms can improve sub-suppliers’ compliance with their CSS, that (1) public attention, (2) risk management, and (3) channel power are antecedents to sub-supplier management, and that stakeholder involvement amplifies the effect of sub-supplier management on sub-suppliers’ compliance with their CSS.
This paper is novel in addressing the management of higher tiers of upstream sub-suppliers, proposing a framework for understanding sustainability compliance in sub-supplier management.
|type||conference paper (English)|
Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Sub-Suppliers, Corporate Sustainability Standards
|name of conference||72nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Boston, MA)|
|date of conference||6-8-2012|
|title of proceedings||The Informal Economy|
|volume / edition||1. Auflage|
|publisher||Academy of Management (Chicago)|
|profile area||SoM - Business Innovation|
|citation||Grimm, J. H., Hofstetter, J. S., & Sarkis, J. (2012). Exploring Sustainability Compliance of Sub-Suppliers. In The Informal Economy, 1. Auflage, pp.Paper 1082. Chicago: Academy of Management.|