Improving Supply Chain Social Responsibility through Supplier Development

Min Zhang, Kulwant Pawar, Saurabh Bhardwaj

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) emphasizes that the entire supply chain of a company should protect natural environment and contribute to social well-being in a tangible way. This study aims to clarify the effects of supplier development practices on supply chain social responsibility. The investigation uses a qualitative case study approach and empirically explores how to develop supplier’s CSR capabilities in a pharmaceutical supply chain. The results indicate that manufacturers can apply supplier development practices, including standard operating procedures (SOPs), audits, collaboration, and training, to develop supply chain social responsibility. SOPs and audits are indirect supplier development practices that are designed in response to institutional pressures, and collaboration and training are direct supplier development practices that provide resources for bridging supplier’s CSR capability gaps. In addition, the indirect and direct supplier development practices positively influence each other and they are complementary in enhancing supply chain social responsibility. The findings improve extant knowledge on how to incorporate CSR into supply chain management processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-511
Number of pages12
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number6-8
Early online date28 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2017


  • Corporate social responsibility
  • supplier development
  • pharmaceutical supply chain


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