Sustainability as Criteria of Evaluation of Suppliers

  • Maciej UrbaniakEmail author
Part of the EcoProduction book series (ECOPROD)


The purpose of the article is to present the use by international corporations of sustainability concepts as criteria for initial and periodic evaluation of suppliers. In recent times, one may have noticed that global companies are increasingly implementing their strategies based on the concept of sustainable development, and are evaluating and selecting their suppliers based on the sustainability concept. While observing global trends one could notice that more and more suppliers are monitored in terms of the principles of sustainable development. This concept includes the economic aspects (requiring high technical quality, the reliability of supply, price competitiveness), environmental aspects, as well as social ones (rules based on the idea of the Global Compact) Requirements for the implementation of this concept are transferred to suppliers by issuing rules of conduct and ethical standards. The analyses, presented here on practical examples of the chemical, electronics, and pharmaceutical manufacturers show that buyers define specific standards for ethical conduct to their suppliers. Multinational enterprises which are buyers do not limit themselves to putting stringent requirements on suppliers. They also offer their providers support programs for the implementation of the sustainability concept.


Sustainability Supplier requirements Supplier evaluation The chemical Electronics and pharmaceutical manufacturers International corporations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ManagementLodz UniversityLodzPoland

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