Sustainable businesses practices in supply chains: learning from Swedish companies
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Publishing year: 2010
Document type: Conference paper
Businesses play a vital role in building a more sustainable society by practicing and promoting more socially and environmentally responsible practices along supply chains. The social and environmental conduct of Western companies in their respective countries is usually rather strong due to the existing strong legislation on human rights, working conditions, freedom of trade unions, etc. In developing countries however the situation is quite different. There is often no strong local legislation that promotes high environmental and social standards at work place or it is not implemented efficiently. Western companies often become an important driver for initiating and strengthening the work on sustainability issues. However, assuming the role of change facilitator is associated with many challenges and companies often need help with defining strategies and specific steps for improving sustainability of their supply chain. In this study we explore challenges faced by companies working with sustainability issues in the supply chain, based on studies of the practices of Swedish companies.