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Title: Social sustainability in the supply chain: Construct development and measurement validation
Authors: Mani V.
Agrawal, Rajat
Gunasekaran A.
Papadopoulos T.
Dubey R.
Childe S.J.
Published in: Ecological Indicators
Abstract: Research on social sustainability in developing countries has recently gained importance for both academics and practitioners. Studies in the supply chain management field take either a supplier or a manufacturer perspective that address predominantly corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues referring to the internal stakeholders. Our research integrates the literature on supplier, manufacturer, and customer responsibility and proposes the concept of supply chain social sustainability (SCSS) that refers to addressing social issues within the overall (upstream and downstream) supply chain. Furthermore, we develop and empirically validate scales for measuring SCSS using in-depth interviews and a survey in the Indian manufacturing industry. Our results suggest that SCSS consists of six underlying dimensions, namely equity, safety, health and welfare, philanthropy, ethics, human rights, in a 20-item valid and reliable scale. We discuss the implications of the findings for research and practice and suggest future research avenues. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd
Citation: Ecological Indicators (2016), 71(): 270-279
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Keywords: Manufacturing
Social sustainability
Supply chain
Supply chain social sustainability
ISSN: 1470160X
Author Scopus IDs: 56810725100
Author Affiliations: Mani, V., Post Graduate Department of Management Studies, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur, Bangalore, India
Agarwal, R., Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India
Gunasekaran, A., Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North DartmouthMA 02747-2300, United States
Papadopoulos, T., Kent Business School, University of Kent., Sail and Colour Loft, The Historic Dockyard, ChathamKent ME4 4TE, United Kingdom
Dubey, R., Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, (Constituent of Symbiosis International University), Plot No. A-23, Shravan Sector, CIDCO, New Nashik, 422008, India
Childe, S.J., Plymouth Business School, Plymouth University, Room 207, Mast House, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0HJ, United Kingdom
Corresponding Author: Gunasekaran, A.; Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, United States; email:
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