Global Supply Chain Responsibility: Traceability and the resource orchestration perspective
Reports on a seminar organized by Middlesex's Business Ethics, CSR and Governance Research Cluster
On 5 November 2019, Middlesex University hosted a seminar on Global Supply Chain Responsibility, chaired by Dr Andrea Werner [see picture] and featuring presentation from Dr Yan Jiang a lecturer at the Business School who researches sustainable global sourcing of MNCs, and Visiting Professor Adrian Henriques, an adviser on corporate responsibility, social accountability, supply chain issues and sustainability, who has worked with a range of multi-national companies and NGOs.
Yan Jiang presented her recently published paper on an integrated conceptual framework for the emergent field of sustainable global sourcing, based on a resource orchestration perspective. Her presentation entitled Achieving sustainability in global sourcing: towards a conceptual framework can be downloaded here.
Adrian Henriques [download presentation here] talked about the concept of traceability in supply chains, the drivers for increased traceability, what is involved in making it operational throughout the value chain and why it is so limited in practice. He also contrasted traceability with chain of custody.
We were particularly pleased that the event drew a sizeable and varied audience, including a wide range of Business School academics and post-graduate students, researchers from other disciplines, as well as practitioners. Even though the presenters kept their to their allocated time-slots, we ran out of time as both presentations were followed up by lots of questions and a lively discussion with the audience.
Business Ethics, CSR and Governance Research Cluster
This Research Cluster is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary group which works on issues relating to the impact of business on society, seeking to encourage participation and input from a wide range of stakeholders within academia and beyond. If you are interested in the work of the Research Cluster please get in touch with Dr Andrea Werner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Siân Stephens (email@example.com).
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Dr Andrea Werner is Associate Professor at Middlesex University Business School specialising in Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her research focuses primarily on ethics in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on which she has published widely in leading business ethics journals. A specific research interest of hers is the Living Wage and its implementation in SMEs and other contexts. In 2016, she won a grant from the Barrow Cadbury Trust to lead pioneering research on the strategies and practices of Living Wage accredited SMEs in the UK, and her research has been used as an invaluable campaign tool by a range of NGOs both in the UK and abroad. Dr Werner also has an interest in sustainable fashion, which she has explored in an AHRC funded project investigating sustainable practices in small fashion design enterprises.