Social sustainability initiatives in cocoa supply chains in Africa:an analysis of sustainability reporting of world's major chocolatiers


This research paper focuses on the self-declared initiatives of the four largest chocolate companies to tackle social problems within the context of establishing a sustainable supply chain. After the literature review of sustainability, supply chain management, and cocoa farming, this paper gives an assessment of the extant practices of the chocolatiers and makes a comparative analysis based on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability Reports. This paper uses a case study approach based on secondary-data. A roadmap and benchmarking of social sustainability initiatives were conducted for the supply chain management activities of the world's four largest chocolatiers. This paper analyses the extant sustainability practices of the chocolatiers and offers a model framework for comparison of the measures taken. This paper is based on self-declared secondary data. There is a chance that some practices were not documented by the case companies; or that companies claim what they don't actually do. This paper provides a framework for agricultural businesses to compare their sustainability efforts and improve the performance of their supply chains. Originality and value of this research reside in terms of both literature and methodology. The framework for analysing the social sustainability aspects of agricultural supply chains is original and gives an up-to-date view of sustainability practices. The use of secondary data to compare self-declared initiatives is also a novel approach to business sustainability research.

Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
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Event Title: 25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2016-05-15 - 2016-05-19
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural products,corporate social responsibility,food products,supply chain ethics,sustainability,sustainable supply chains,Management of Technology and Innovation
ISBN: 978-0-981-58178-1
Full Text Link: http://iamot201 ... 16_paper_70.pdf
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2016-05-19
Accepted Date: 2016-05-01
Authors: Lalwani, Sumit
Nunes, Breno
Chicksand, Daniel

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