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Tracing sustainable supply chains

Research project
Inactive research
Project owner
Centre for Retailing, School of Business, Economics and Law

The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council

Short description

Codes of conduct have been a hot topic for a while, but the issue is debatable in working life as well as in research. Trading firms use codes of conduct in order to improve the conditions for those working with suppliers in various producing countries.

In some of the countries that produce goods for Swedish retail companies the working conditions are substandard. Many of the Swedish companies try to remedy this by implementing codes of conduct that regulate the working conditions of the supplier companies. Within the research project "Tracing Sustainable Supply Chains", the researchers have made interviews with workers and factory visits in Indonesia and China as well as document studies and interviews with Swedish retail companies.

Academic articles

Revisiting Suppliers’ Compliance with MNCs’ Codes of Conduct: Recoupling of Policy and Practice at Chinese Toy Suppliers.
Egels-Zandén, N. (2013). Journal of Business Ethics.. Volume 119, Issue 1, pp 59-75.

Private Regulation and Trade Union Rights: Why Codes of Conduct Have Limited Impact on Trade Union Rights
Egels-Zandén N. och Merk J. (2013). Journal of Business Ethics.. Volume 123, Issue 3, pp 461-473.

Responsibility Boundaries in Global Value Chains: Supplier audit prioritizations and moral disengagement among Swedish firms
Egels-Zandén, N. (2015). Journal of Business Ethics. Online oktober 2015.

Responsibility and Neglect in Global Production Networks: The Uneven Significance of Codes of Conduct in Indonesian Factories
Bartley, T. and N. Egels-Zandén (2015). Global Networks. 15, 21-44.

Do Codes of Conduct Improve Worker Rights in Supply Chains? A Study of Fair Wear Foundation
Egels-Zandén, N. and H. Lindholm (2014). Journal of Cleaner Production. Online i september.

Beyond Decoupling: Unions and the Leveraging of Corporate Social Responsibility in Indonesia
Bartley, T. and N. Egels-Zandén (2015). Socio-Economic Review. 14 (2): 231-255.