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The effect of buyer pressure on suppliers in SMEs to demonstrate CSR: an added incentive or counter productive?

The effect of buyer pressure on suppliers in SMEs to demonstrate CSR: an added incentive or counter productive?
The effect of buyer pressure on suppliers in SMEs to demonstrate CSR: an added incentive or counter productive?
Those promoting the corporate social responsibility agenda to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are interested in the potential of supply chain drivers as an incentive. This paper presents results from an empirical study into the attitudes and behaviours of 103 UK SME owner/managers in response to buyer pressure to demonstrate CSR activities. Most said that the inclusion of social and environmental requirements as preconditions to supply would increase their motivation to engage in CSR (82% for environmental criteria and 55% for social criteria). However, a quarter would be put off tendering and 12% thought that such criteria would be counter productive.
csr, ethical sourcing, motivation, procurement, sme, socially responsible purchasing, supply chain, ceiling effect
0263-2373
429-441
Baden, D.A.
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Harwood, I.A.
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Woodward, D.G.
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Harwood, I.A.
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Woodward, D.G.
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Baden, D.A., Harwood, I.A. and Woodward, D.G. (2009) The effect of buyer pressure on suppliers in SMEs to demonstrate CSR: an added incentive or counter productive? European Management Journal, 27 (6), 429-441. (doi:10.1016/j.emj.2008.10.004).

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Those promoting the corporate social responsibility agenda to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are interested in the potential of supply chain drivers as an incentive. This paper presents results from an empirical study into the attitudes and behaviours of 103 UK SME owner/managers in response to buyer pressure to demonstrate CSR activities. Most said that the inclusion of social and environmental requirements as preconditions to supply would increase their motivation to engage in CSR (82% for environmental criteria and 55% for social criteria). However, a quarter would be put off tendering and 12% thought that such criteria would be counter productive.

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Published date: 12 January 2009
Keywords: csr, ethical sourcing, motivation, procurement, sme, socially responsible purchasing, supply chain, ceiling effect

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Local EPrints ID: 64380
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/64380
ISSN: 0263-2373
PURE UUID: 991bb636-0b53-4f3f-91a2-0f5ade5fee7d
ORCID for D.A. Baden: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2736-4483
ORCID for I.A. Harwood: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8647-2169

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Date deposited: 19 Jan 2009
Last modified: 12 Nov 2019 01:56

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