Barriers to code of conduct compliance within the Chinese apparel industry : a study of suppliers’ views in China
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Paper type – Master’s thesis, Uppsala University.
Purpose – The purpose of this thesis is to identify barriers to compliance with codes of conduct within the Chinese apparel industry.
Methodology – The field study is based on semi-structured qualitative interviews with the management of five suppliers within the Chinese apparel industry. The study was done from a supplier’s perspective and the field study was conducted during the period from November to December 2009. All of the interviews were carried out in the Guangdong province in the southern part of China.
Findings – The result of the field study shows that the main barrier to code of conduct compliance lies with that the demands from the widely used purchasing model and the demands from the factory workers are inconsistent with the demands from the CSR departments. In the apparel suppliers’ fight for survival CSR demands are ignored in order to stay competitive in a market where the ability to provide a low price and a short lead time is the only efficient way to attract orders.
Value – This thesis provides a contextual understanding on how different actors in the Chinese apparel industry influence the typical supplier’s ability to comply with the codes of conduct.
Key words – Apparel industry, China, corporate social responsibility, CSR, code of conduct, COC, ethics, purchasing, supply chain management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 72 p.
Apparel industry, China, corporate social responsibility, CSR, code of conduct, COC, ethics, purchasing, supply chain management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-113756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-113756DiVA: diva2:291883
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Seyed-Mohamed, Nazeem, Docent