CSR and the environment: Business supply chain partnerships in Hong Kong and PRDR, China

  • Cheung D
  • Welford R
  • Hills P
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Abstract

Cross-border relocation of the production lines of Hong Kong companies to the Pearl River Delta Region (PRDR) of China relocates the pollution source geographically. In contextualizing corporate social responsibility (CSR), more and better collaborations on environmental management between Hong-Kong-based companies and their supply chains within Hong Kong and the PRDR are needed. Using a qualitative approach, this research identifies and examines nine concerned business supply chain partnership cases. Stakeholders perceived that partnership is a good tool for improving corporate environmental management. However, although it has become more active since 2002, partnership is not yet popular. More time and support are needed to develop it. Businesses should take further steps to benefit themselves and the environment. Based on the first-hand experiences and opinions of interviewees, this paper analyzes and presents recent partnership activities; their drivers and barriers; factors in their successes; and the possible roles of government and business associations in fostering partnership development. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

Author-supplied keywords

  • Business
  • CSR
  • Corporate environmental management
  • Hong Kong
  • Partnership
  • Supply chain
  • The PRDR of China

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Authors

  • Dennis K K Cheung

  • Richard J. Welford

  • Peter R. Hills

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