Investigating the current supply chain sustainability reporting practices of South African organisations
Thesis (MComm)—Stellenbosch University, 2016.
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The need for sustainable supply chain management has become a necessity given the growing impact of climate change and global warming. Given the limited literature on supply chain sustainability in South Africa, the main objective of this study is to investigate the current sustainability reporting practices in supply chains of South African organisations. The focus is on the supply chain sustainability practices of organisations listed in selected sectors on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Data collected from sustainability and integrated annual reports of organisations in the sample are analysed using non-parametric statistical tests to compare sectors on the JSE and companies listed on the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index with those that are not. The results show that there are differences in the supply chain and sustainability practices for the selected sectors and between SRI and non-SRI companies. South African organisations need to increase their focus on supply chain sustainability and further research is necessary to support and expand on the findings of this study.
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