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Corporate social sustainability in supply chain management: a literature review

Muhammad Arslan (Bang College of Business, KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Journal of Global Responsibility

ISSN: 2041-2568

Article publication date: 23 April 2020

Issue publication date: 22 July 2020



Recently, sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has generated significant interest and gained attention of practitioners and academics. The purpose of this paper is to explore different themes in the existing literature, which pertains to social sustainability (SS) in supply chains, to argue for the use of SS model and suggest further research directions.


In the study, the authors have undertaken extensive literature review (n = 171) and used thematic analysis to propose a model.


Through the extensive review and thematic analysis, the paper identifies eight themes, which include stakeholder pressure, sustainability culture, contingencies, sustainability practices, partnerships, drivers and barriers, sustainability performance and optimization, and develops a SS model called “five-factor sustainability model.” Furthermore, a list of potential research directions for five-factor sustainability model is discussed.

Research limitations/implications

The research is an attempt to explore different themes related to SS in supply chain and develop a model that is also applicable to economic and environmental sustainability.


The paper offers a new approach to SSCM literature, arguing for five-factor sustainability model and providing further research directions. Moreover, this model will help sustainability scholars to position and integrate their research within social, economic and environmental sustainability literature.



Arslan, M. (2020), "Corporate social sustainability in supply chain management: a literature review", Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 233-255.



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