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

By D.A. Baden, I.A. Harwood and D.G. Woodward

Abstract

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

Topics: HD28
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:64380
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