School of Management
Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain

Project Description

Starting with a project funded by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in 2005/6, this stream of research focuses on social responsibility in the supply chain. The IBE research included case studies of the UK retailer Waitrose, car manufacturer Toyota and lottery operator Camelot. The study was unusual in that it incorporated the perspective of small suppliers as well as the large firm viewpoint. Further development of this research (with Michael Bourlakis, Brunel University) has focused on the food supply chain and developed a new theoretical perspective which illustrates an evolution from corporate social responsibility to a corporate social watchdog approach to supply chain responsibility (SCR).

Key Publications

Spence, L. and Bourlakis, M. (forthcoming) From CSR to SCR: The evolution of Supply Chain Responsibility. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. Accepted January 2009.

Spence, L.J. (2006) Supplier Relationships in the UK: Business Ethics and Procurement Practice. Institute of Business Ethics, London.


Laura Spence (Royal Holloway, University of London)