Sustainable Supply Chain Management in 'Base of the Pyramid' Food Projects – A Path to Triple Bottom Line Approaches for Multinationals?

International Business Review, 22(5), 784-799. doi: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2012.12.006

47 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2012 Last revised: 25 Sep 2013

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Stefan Gold

University of Neuchatel

Rüdiger Hahn

University of Hohenheim

Stefan Seuring

University of Kassel

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Conducting business operations at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) have necessitated the need for multinational corporations (MNCs) to involve poor communities in production processes including management of critical supply chains. However, current research on the interface between supply chain management and BoP business operation is lacking. In analyzing three cases of BoP projects in the food industry this study addresses the question of how sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) applied to BoP projects can help MNCs to achieve their sustainability goals. Findings indicate that applying SSCM to BoP projects can complement economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability. In particular, the BoP projects analyzed show viable paths for integrating the social domain of sustainability with general SSCM theory and practice. From the perspective of international business research, the findings help to link sustainability activities to MNC operations at the BoP. Accordingly, further research is needed to advance integration of these two research streams.

Keywords: Base of the Pyramid, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Food Industry, Developing Countries

Suggested Citation

Gold, Stefan and Hahn, Rüdiger and Seuring, Stefan, Sustainable Supply Chain Management in 'Base of the Pyramid' Food Projects – A Path to Triple Bottom Line Approaches for Multinationals? (2013). International Business Review, 22(5), 784-799. doi: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2012.12.006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192554

Stefan Gold

University of Neuchatel ( email )

1, A.-L. Breguet
Neuchatel, CH-2000
Switzerland

Rüdiger Hahn (Contact Author)

University of Hohenheim ( email )

Germany

Stefan Seuring

University of Kassel ( email )

Nora Platiel Str.4
Kassel, Hessen 34109
Germany

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