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Research article2016Peer reviewed

Corporate motives for multi-stakeholder collaboration- corporate social responsibility in the electronics supply chains

Airike, Peppi-Emilia; Rotter, Julia P.; Mark-Herbert, Cecilia


The issue of "conflict minerals" has received global attention and various attempts have been made to resolve this issue. This qualitative study explored the multi-stakeholder collaboration approach for addressing complex corporate social responsibility issues in global supply chains, using the case of the electronics industry. Perceived corporate motives and challenges to engaging in multi-stakeholder collaboration and dialogue were explored based on empirical data obtained through in-depth, semi structured interviews with management representatives for three case companies. The main motives expressed for participating in multi-stakeholder collaboration by representatives of the case companies were primarily linked to the complex nature of the conflict minerals problem and the fact that a diverse set of stakeholders is needed to achieve solutions. However, this diversity of stakeholders and perspectives also poses challenges for the case companies. Overall, the findings emphasise the importance of a collective approach when addressing complex social responsibility issues that reach beyond traditional company boundaries. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Conflict minerals; Dialogue; Electronics industry; Responsible sourcing; Stakeholder

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Journal of Cleaner Production
2016, Volume: 131, pages: 639-648

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        Economic Geography

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