Skip to main content

About this free course

Become an OU student

Download this course

Share this free course

Supply chain sustainability
Supply chain sustainability

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

4 The social perspective

Described image
Figure 6 The social perspective on supply chain sustainability

In this section, we will be looking at the social and ethical aspects of supply chain management, or at least at a selection of them. Rather than presenting you with a comprehensive list of all the issues that you may encounter in this area, we seek to develop your awareness of the type of social issues that may affect your supply chain performance. Specifically, we will discuss the impact of poor performance of organisations with regards to their own staff and suppliers, both direct (tier one) and indirect suppliers (tier two up to the nth tier). Let’s begin our discussion by looking at the subject of ethics.