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Safeguarding compliance with supplier codes of conduct: Investigating how buying organizations ensure the compliance of suppliers with higher bargaining power
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

An increasing number of companies are using Supplier Codes of Conduct to ensure socially responsible behavior in their supply chains. Previous research on SCCs have focused on powerful brand owning multinational corporations and have concluded that a cooperative approach, the cooperation model, has yielded better results than a more traditional approach based on monitoring and sanctions, the compliance model. This study will investigate how organizations with low bargaining power use these two approaches to SCCs to get suppliers to comply with their SCCs, and how this is influenced by the organizations purchasing strategy towards that supplier. Semi structured interviews were conducted with 9 diverse Swedish organizations that use SCCs. The results of the study reveal that the buying organizations focus their efforts on certain suppliers that are selected using different criteria. The results do not conflict with previous findings, however, no strong support for the previous findings is observed either. The results of the study suggest that strong bargaining power is well suited with the compliance model.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
supplier code of conduct, code of conduct, corporate social responsibility, sustainable supply chain, buyer-supplier relationship, bargaining power
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226858OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226858DiVA: diva2:727521
Subject / course
Business Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
Available from: 2014-06-23 Created: 2014-06-22 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved

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