Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 35–52 | Cite as

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain: An Application in the Food Industry

  • Michael J MaloniEmail author
  • Michael E. Brown


The food industry faces many significant risks from public criticism of corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues in the supply chain. This paper draws upon previous research and emerging industry trends to develop a comprehensive framework of supply chain CSR in the industry. The framework details unique CSR applications in the food supply chain including animal welfare, biotechnology, environment, fair trade, health and safety, and labor and human rights. General supply chain CSR issues such as community and procurement are also considered. Ultimately, the framework serves as a comprehensive tool to support food industry practitioners and researchers in the assessment of strategic and operational supply chain CSR practices.


Corporate Social Responsibility Food Industry Logistics Social Responsibility Purchasing Social Responsibility Supply Chain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management and EntrepreneurshipKennesaw State UniversityKennesawUSA
  2. 2.Black School of BusinessPenn State ErieErieUSA

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