Governance Interactions in Sustainable Supply Chain Management

27 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2018

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Errol Meidinger

University at Buffalo Law School; University of Freiburg

Date Written: June 19, 2018


“Supply chains” are a major site of transnational business governance, and yet their dynamics and effectiveness are usually more assumed than interrogated in regulatory governance discourse. The very term “chain” implies a more determinist and simplistic understanding of supply relationships than is empirically supportable. Supply chains in practice are complex, dynamic, and highly variable networks. Based on peer-group presentations by over 60 supply chain professionals, this paper analyzes sustainable supply chain management practices in terms of the conceptions of the Transnational Business Governance Interactions framework. It discusses possible refinements of the framework and suggests that sustainable supply chain management (1) is likely to make modest contributions to improving governance capacity, (2) may or may not ratchet up standards, and (3) may help protect marginalized parties, but is focused on better using the existing power of lead firms in supply chains.

Keywords: auditing, corporate social responsibility, environment, governance, human rights, management system, supply chain, supply network, sustainability, sustainable supply chain management, value chain

Suggested Citation

Meidinger, Errol, Governance Interactions in Sustainable Supply Chain Management (June 19, 2018). University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-024, Available at SSRN:

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