Socially Responsible Purchasing (SRP) in the Supply Chain Industry: Meanings and Influences

Titilayo Ogunyemi, Emmanuel Adegbite, Franklin Nakpodia*, Kemi Yekini

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Organisations are increasingly expected to respond to societal and environmental issues within their supply chains. The nuances of this expectation necessitate the consideration of the disparities in corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices within supply chains. Drawing on the stakeholder theory, this paper examines the meanings and influences on socially responsible purchasing (SRP) in supply chains. It adopts an interpretivist qualitative methodology, relying on data from semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with practitioners from multi-national and indigenous organisations in Nigeria. Our findings present a useful understanding of SRP based on the specific endogenous-level and exogenous-level influences. In particular, we develop an encompassing scope for SRP's meaning, outlining its key components, clarifying its boundaries and highlighting inconsistencies in its description. Our study provides a fresh understanding of SRP, with attendant contributions to the broad literature on CSR, corporate governance and supply chain management. It also offers insights to managers, purchasers, suppliers, financial analysts and policy-makers in embedding SRP.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility
Early online date5 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jan 2024

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© 2024 The Authors. Business Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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  • corporate social responsibility
  • endogenous-level influences
  • exogenous-level influences
  • socially responsible purchasing
  • stakeholder theory
  • supply chain


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