Corporate responsibility reporting of biodiversity in the supply chain

Derek R. Whatling, Peter D. Hedges, Ross Brown, Philip Fermor

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Industrial development, accompanying human population growth, has had a major role in creating the situation where bio-diverse materials and services essential for sustaining business are under threat. A major contributory factor to biodiversity decline comes from the cumulative impacts of extended supply chain business operations. However, within Corporate Responsibility (CR) reporting impacts on biodiversity due to supply chain operations have not traditionally been given equal weighting with other environmental issues. This paper investigates the extent of CR reporting in managing and publicising company biodiversity supply chain issues by reviewing a cross-sector sample of publicly available CR reports. The report contents were examined for suggestions of industrial sectorial trends in the level of biodiversity consideration. The reporting of environmental management system use within company supply chain management is assessed in the samples and is considered as a mechanism for responsible supplier partnership working.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • corporate responsibility
  • biodiversity
  • business
  • supply chain management
  • SCM
  • EMS
  • environmental management systems
  • risk
  • opportunity
  • sustainable procurement
  • corporate social responsibility
  • CSR.


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