Responsible sourcing practices are embedded in the wider sustainability agenda; they are a means to an end. Numerous approaches have been developed by industry and civil society to address RS challenges, across global value chains, ranging from employing safe and fair labour practices, protecting human rights, safeguarding financial integrity, mitigating impacts on the environment linked to operations, the social impact on communities and inter-related business practices, to name a few.

Businesses, dependent on their size and location within global value chains, have different options to adopt, adapt, implement and report on their RS practices. With the multitude of management strategies, reporting standards, certification schemes and templates for the collection and sharing of information, implementing responsible sourcing can be a struggle for the well-intentioned firm.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 869276

Coordinated by:

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business,
  • Institute for Managing Sustainability
  • Welthandelsplatz 1A
  • 1020 Vienna
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