Climate Policies in Supply Chains

55 Pages Posted: 13 May 2023 Last revised: 1 Sep 2023

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Swarnodeep HomRoy

University of Groningen

Asad Rauf

University of Groningen

Date Written: May 11, 2023


This paper shows that supply chain connections influence the adoption of climate-responsible policies. Using granular firm-level data, we show that suppliers adopt climate actions (such as emission initiatives and emission targets) and climate governance measures (such as board oversight and explicit managerial incentives) following customer firms' adoption of emission reduction targets. Such transmissions are driven by relative bargaining power rather than through a reconfiguration of customer firms' supply chain. However, we find no effect on adopting suppliers' climate outcomes or its leading indicators. This \textit{policy-outcome} gap is lower when suppliers have higher gross margins, and customers can better monitor suppliers' climate actions. Our results have important implications for public policies on the environmental due diligence of supply chains.

Keywords: Climate Action, Climate Governance, Supply Chain Networks

JEL Classification: F18, F64, G34, G38, L16, L24, Q54

Suggested Citation

HomRoy, Swarnodeep and Rauf, Asad, Climate Policies in Supply Chains (May 11, 2023). Available at SSRN: or

Swarnodeep HomRoy

University of Groningen ( email )

Nettlebosje 2
Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance
Groningen, Groningen 9747 AE

Asad Rauf (Contact Author)

University of Groningen ( email )

Nettelbosje 2
Duisenburg Building, 8th Floor
Groningen, Groningen 9747AE

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