Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in the Diamond Supply Chain
The steadily rising global demand for luxury gems and the simultaneously growing attention of public opinion towards sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues have been exerting an impact on the mining industry and have become a challenge for the diamond supply chain’s management. Multiple associations, the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), standards, and frameworks developed by the industry could constitute evidence of the progress made. This study, through an in-depth investigation, having explored the concept of corporate social responsibility in the mining industry, provides a detailed overview of sustainable supply chain management and proposes an examination of the initiatives currently being undertaken by the members of the RJC in their supply chain in the field of social and environmental responsibility. In this way, we offer an original conceptualization based on the viable system approach (VSA). The research outcome will help managers of the producing firms to identify important practices and to improve the environmental issues of traditional supply chain management through the adoption of sustainable supply chain management.
KeywordsDiamond industry Sustainable supply chain management Sustainable development Viable system approach (VSA)
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