Corporate social responsibility in supply chains: The impact in the context of global supply chains
International Journal of Business and Society
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
School of Business and Law
This paper investigates the impact of the adoption of corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and practices on supply chain management. Twenty papers published within the past 10 years were selected, mostly in ranked journals, to conduct a systematic literature review. Fourteen key themes were identified during the analysis process, out of which external pressures for CSR was been discussed most frequently, followed by CSR benefits for stakeholders, barriers on practicing CSR and effects CSR has on supply chain performances. It is evident that external pressures exerted in favour of CSR by consumer groups, government regulations and NGOs are the key influences on global supply chains, while internal pressure is less significantly represented. CSR pressure varied by the company dimensions and environment. However, the push for accountability encompassed the entire supply chain. This pressure impacted supply chain behaviour including buyer supplier relationships.