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Benchmarking tool for improved corporate social responsibility in purchasing
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (hållbar logistik)
2010 (English)In: Benchmarking: An International Journal, ISSN 1463-5771, E-ISSN 1758-4094, ISSN ISSN 1463-5771, EISSN 1758-4094, Vol. 17, no 3, 340-362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a benchmark tool that can be applied to improve corporate social responsibility (CSR) in purchasing. The tool has been tested on two companies that illustrate how the benchmarking tool can be applied.

Design/methodology/approach – A literature review provides arguments for the importance of a benchmarking tool in the area of social responsible purchasing. The literature review also provides information about the practices and activities that can be applied as well as a structure for these. Empirical data are based on the sustainability reports of two companies.

Findings – A benchmarking tool for social responsible purchasing is developed. The tool facilitates companies in their structuring, categorising and presenting of relevant data in order to benchmark their social responsibility in purchasing. The testing of the tool provided concrete examples of activities that can be used to address different aspects of CSR in purchasing.

Practical implications – The largest contribution is the development of a benchmarking tool that can be of great help for companies and organisations in their striving towards increased social responsibility in purchasing. The tool provides guidance to companies who want to understand the areas in which their strengths and weaknesses lie. The paper can also inspire and motivate companies to discover and try new ideas and ways to address CSR matters in purchasing.

Originality/value – The paper develops a benchmarking tool that can be applied in the area of corporate social responsible purchasing.


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2010. Vol. 17, no 3, 340-362 p.
Keyword [en]
corporate social responsibility, benchmarking, supply chain management, purchasing
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61126DOI: 10.1108/14635771011049335OAI: diva2:360540
Available from: 2010-11-03 Created: 2010-11-03 Last updated: 2012-01-16

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