IKEA: global sourcing and the sustainable leather initiative

Jiang, Yan, Jia, Fu and Gong, Yu (2018) IKEA: global sourcing and the sustainable leather initiative. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 21 (5). pp. 627-640. ISSN 1559-2448

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Abstract

The leather industry has traditionally been characterized by global operations across both developed and developing countries. Due to the long distance and contextual differences, there are numerous sustainability issues occurring along the global leather supply chain. Addressing these issues is both a responsibility and a challenge for multinational companies, especially in their global sourcing (GS) activities. This teaching case provides an example of implementing the sustainable leather initiative in the global sourcing process at IKEA. The case demonstrates IKEA’s sustainable leather initiative supported by its tailored GS strategy and GS structure and provides a benchmark of Sustainable GS for multinational companies and allows for a thorough discussion of how to implement a sustainability initiative while conducting GS. The case can be used to teach graduate/postgraduate in agricultural business, MBA and executive students on sustainable supply chain management and corporate social responsibility.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics group
Item ID: 26301
Notes on copyright: The original publication is available at https://doi.org/10.22434/IFAMR2017.0109.
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Depositing User: Dr. Yan Jiang
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2019 11:08
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 11:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26301

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