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Record number 543444
Title Exploring the integration of business and CSR perspectives in smallholder souring : Black soybean in Indonesia and tomato in India
Author(s) Sjauw-Koen-Fa, August Raimy; Blok, Vincent; Omta, Onno S.W.F.
Source Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies 8 (2018)4. - ISSN 2044-0839 - p. 656 - 677.
Department(s) Business Management & Organization
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Business development - Commodity markets - Developing countries - Food industry - Food products - Small- to medium-sized enterprises - Supply chain management

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of smallholder supply chains on sustainable sourcing to answer the question how food and agribusiness multinationals can best include smallholders in their sourcing strategies and take social responsibility for large-scale sustainable and more equitable supply. A sustainable smallholder sourcing model with a list of critical success factors (CSFs) has been applied on two best-practise cases. In this model, business and corporate social responsibility perspectives are integrated. Design/methodology/approach: The primary data of the value chain analyses of the two smallholder supply chains of a food and agribusiness multinational have been applied. Both cases were of a join research program commissioned by the multinational and a non-governmental organization using the same methods and research tools. Similarities, differences and interference between the cases have been determined and assessed in order to confirm, fine tune or adjust the CSFs. Findings: Both cases could be conceptualized through the smallholder sourcing model. Most CSFs could be found in both cases, but differences were also found, which led to fine tuning of some CSFs: building of a partnership and effective producers organization, providing farm financing and the use of cross-functional teams in smallholder supplier development programs. It was also concluded that the smallholder sourcing model is applicable in different geographical areas. Research limitations/implications: The findings of this study are based on just two cases. More best-practise cases are recommended in order to confirm or to adjust the developed sourcing model and the CSFs. Originality/value: This paper/research fills the need in sustainable supply chain management literature to study supply chains that comply with the triple bottom line concept, rather than supply chains that are just more “green”.

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