In Pursuit of a Sustainable Supply Chain: insights from Westpac Banking Corporation

Byron Keating, Ali Quazi, Anton Kriz, Tim Coltman

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    Abstract

    Purpose
    The aim of this paper is to provide clues to industry and academia on how best to approach the challenge of developing a sustainable supply chain.

    Design/methodology/approach
    A case study was undertaken of the Westpac Banking Corporation – one of the world's most socially responsible banks – to examine how they approached the challenge of managing corporate social responsibility (CSR) in their supply chain.

    Findings
    This paper highlights some of the challenges and opportunities associated with extending corporate governance beyond the firm boundary. Specific attention is given to a discussion of assessment and governance tools.

    Research limitations/implications
    The use of a single case study limits the generalizability of these findings. Future research can build on these findings by extending the scope to include additional firms, regions and methods.

    Practical implications
    A best practice model is developed from the discussion to provide practical guidance to firms.

    Originality/value
    While the extension of CSR to the supply chain is an emerging area of interest, the literature provides few clues on how best to pursue sustainable supply chain management. This paper provides a valuable and timely contribution to this topic by reviewing the lessons and practices of a recognised CSR leader.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)175-179
    Number of pages5
    JournalSuppy Chain Management
    Volume13
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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