Investigating the drivers of corporate social responsibility in the global tea supply chain: a case study of Eastern Produce Limited in Malawi

AN Mzembe, A Lindgreen, A Maon, J Vanhamme

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Abstract

Using a case study of the tea producer Eastern Produce Malawi, this research investigates which factors which influence companies upstream in the global supply chains to adopt a corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda. Although external pressures, such as demands from Western consumers or international organizations and their related initiatives, may have shaped Eastern Produce Malawi's CSR agenda, strong internal organizational contingencies, including transformational leaders who recognize the significance of ethical issues and strong organizational values, led it to adopt this CSR agenda in practice. This study underscores the significance of using an integrative framework to explain various CSR drivers for companies. It concludes with managerial and public policy implications, as well as areas for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-178
Number of pages14
JournalCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Global supply chain
  • Malawi
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Sustainable development

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