A Note of Caution About Ethics in the Supply Chain (Part 1) [Plus+]

Corporate social responsibility has of course been a huge area of growing interest for businesses over the last 20 years or so, and many organisations have quite rightly put significant time and effort into it. This is all very admirable and we are not suggesting for one moment that procurement – and indeed businesses – should ignore or de-prioritise these areas. However, in the usual Spend Matters style (challenging, counterintuitive, and contrarian), I want to sound two notes of warning, identifying where procurement executives need to exercise some caution as they address these issues. First off, many of these issues are more complex than they may first appear.

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