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Supplier diversity for socially responsible purchasing: an empirical investigation in Brazil

Priscila L.S. Miguel (Department of Production and Operations Management, Fundação Getulio Vargas - Sao Paulo School of Business Administration, São Paulo, Brazil)
Maria José Tonelli (Department of Management and Human Resources, Fundação Getulio Vargas - Sao Paulo School of Business Administration, São Paulo, Brazil)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 12 September 2022

Issue publication date: 16 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Based on a critical lens, this paper aims to empirically evaluate the adoption of programs to buy from minority suppliers (MS) and their outcomes in Brazil, considering a multi-stakeholder approach (buying companies, suppliers and third parties).

Design/methodology/approach

The data were collected via an exploratory survey involving 109 buying companies and two case studies with 21 in-depth interviews.

Findings

It was revealed that supplier diversity (SD) in Brazil is still developing, and is more rhetoric than a practice promoting real change. The current traditional procurement mindset, the role of third parties, and the focus on supplier selection, rather than on supplier development prevents a social impact that could reduce inequality between MS and their counterparts.

Originality/value

Previous studies were focused on buying companies' perspective in advanced countries that have clear regulation for SD. By exploring the phenomenon in a country with great economic disparities and no regulation, and using a critical lens, this study highlights the difference between desired and effective implementation of social initiatives that promote inclusiveness.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express special thanks of gratitude to UN Women (Brazil and NY) as this research was developed in partnership between FGV and UN Women, especially Adriana Carvalho and Anna Golub. The authors thank FGV Pesquisa for the support during 2019 and 2020, Cristiane Biazzin, professor at Northern Kentucky University, and Danilo Soares Silva and Victoria Loviscek, Phd candidates at FGV, for their assistance throughout all aspects of this research.

Citation

Miguel, P.L.S. and Tonelli, M.J. (2023), "Supplier diversity for socially responsible purchasing: an empirical investigation in Brazil", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 53 No. 1, pp. 93-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-09-2021-0407

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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