Sustainable Development Goals: Corporate Social Responsibility? A Critical Analysis of Interactions in the Construction Industry Supply Chains Using Externalities Theory

  • Ankit Gaur
  • Diego A. Vazquez-BrustEmail author
Part of the Greening of Industry Networks Studies book series (GINS, volume 7)


The chapter discusses approaches to managing externalities in the construction industry supply chains for implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The study is based on the qualitative analysis of interviews and secondary data from seven case study firms within the construction sector in the UK and the Supply Chain Sustainability School. The chapter examines the approaches to sustainability by reviewing application of corporate social responsibility and radical innovation to the sustainability agenda. The chapter investigates the ways that case study firms identify externalities in the supply chains and discusses ways that supply chains can minimize negative externalities and maximize positive externalities that have direct effect on achieving specific Sustainable Development Goals. The study identifies key measures required to improve sustainability in the UK construction supply chains that can also be applicable to other business sector. It develops a series of recommendations for improved engagement of construction firms with the sustainable development agenda through improving training, transparency, research and development, employee and team development.


Externalities Network externalities Construction industry Sustainable supply chains Public goods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Holloway University of LondonEghamUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Business and LawPortsmouth UniversityPortsmouthUK
  3. 3.Federal University of Santa Catarina, UFSCFlorianópolisBrazil

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