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Sustainable supply chain engagement in a retail environment

dc.contributor.authorBerning, Anikaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVenter, Chanelen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-15T14:25:11Z
dc.date.available2015-09-15T14:25:11Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.identifier.citationBerning, A. & Venter, C. 2015. Sustainable Supply Chain Engagement in a Retail Environment. Sustainability, 7(5):6246-6263, doi:10.3390/su7056246.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2071-1050 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.3390/su7056246
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97508
dc.descriptionCITATION: Berning, A. & Venter, C. 2015. Sustainable Supply Chain Engagement in a Retail Environment. Sustainability, 7(5):6246-6263, doi:10.3390/su7056246.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/7/5/6246en_ZA
dc.description.abstractSustainability is a key requirement for business success and is often regarded a competitive advantage if strategically managed. Sustainability-mature organisations look to their value chains where the retailer-supplier collaboration becomes critical in embedding sustainability. With this in mind, it is important to monitor retailer-supplier collaboration to determine whether it is effective. To facilitate this monitoring, the UN Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability: A Guide for Continuous Improvement was consulted. The research question aimed to determine the progress of a prominent South African retailer regarding their sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) and collaboration with suppliers. Therefore, this study attempts to apply the Supplier Engagement Continuum, extracted from the UN Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability: A Guide for Continuous Improvement, in order to determine how the retailer is progressing in sustainable supply chain management. The qualitative and exploratory nature of the study necessitated a case study research design, while the technique of purposive sampling was used to select the sample of three suppliers. Data was collected by means of semi-structured interviews facilitated by an interview guide, and data analysis was conducted with Atlas.ti software. It was found that the retailer’s sustainable supply chain management can only be located on level one of the continuum. Supply chain sustainability in organisations lack the theoretical foundation of what sustainability really is. Therefore, the model was amended and an additional level was added to incorporate the education of sustainability.en_ZA
dc.format.extentpages 6246-6263
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherMDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Instituteen_ZA
dc.subjectSocial responsibility of business -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectSustainability -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectCollaboration -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectShared value creation -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectBusiness logistics -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectCorporate sustainability -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectSustainable supply chain management -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleSustainable supply chain engagement in a retail environmenten_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublishers' Versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderAuthors retain copyrighten_ZA


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