TA comparative study between Sweden and the Netherlands: Business and Human rights from a CSR perspective
The purpose of this Master Thesis is to conduct a comparative research study between businesses in Sweden and the Netherlands and investigate in which way they approach human rights concerns in their supply chains in developing countries as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainability strategy. A comparative research approach is used to identify the most important aspects and indicators for the selected businesses to integrate human rights in the supply chain: (personal) motivation, internal and external drivers, internal and external communication, national market competition, engagement of the state, implementation of (voluntary) guidelines and standards, challenges, corporate identity, and organizational culture. The research study indicates that that the most important aspects and indicators to integrate human rights impacts in Swedish and Dutch companies’ supply chains in developing countries are ‘internal and external drivers’, ‘external communication’, ‘implementation of (voluntary) guidelines and standards’ and ‘challenges’. The research study also illustrates that the challenges supply chain complexity and cultural and political barriers are CSR gaps that influence how human rights in the supply chain are approached by the selected businesses in Sweden and the Netherlands.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen