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06/04/2011

Responsible Supply Chain Management. Potential success factors and challenges for addressing prevailing human rights and other CSR issues in supply chains of EU-based companies

Study financed and prepared for the use of the European Commission, DG Employment, under the services contract VC/2009/0532


Recent years, international issues have been mounting the corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda. A reflection of this greater international focus is the attention that is being given by all CSR stakeholders to the soon-to-be-concluded mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights, Professor John Ruggie. A key area of CSR adherence is the extent to which companies manage their supply chains responsibly, ie that they ensure their chains of suppliers and/or subsidiaries respect basic rights – whether labour rights (for example, a living wage, freedom of association, work-life balance, or aspects of decent work), or other rights (for example, health and safety at work, no use of child or forced labour, respect for citizens in local communities, or access to water/food). 

author(s): Adelphi, CREM B.V., Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), University Munich/Research Center for Law and Management of Public Procurement (PPRC), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) - M. van Opijnen (CREM), J. Oldenziel (SOMO)
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