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Strategic communication & corporate sustainability within global supply chains

Leon Prieto (Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA)
Simone T.A. Phipps (Middle Georgia State University, Macon, Georgia, USA)
Melva Robertson (College of Business, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA)
Stacey Reynolds (College of Business, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, USA)

Strategy & Leadership

ISSN: 1087-8572

Article publication date: 26 April 2024

Issue publication date: 30 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The article aims to explore the transformative journey of AcmeTech Manufacturing, a fictional company influenced by real-life events, from environmental negligence to adopting sustainable and responsible business practices. By examining AcmeTech's strategic communication and sustainability initiatives, the study seeks to highlight the importance of integrating sustainability within global supply chains and the role of strategic communication in building stakeholder trust and achieving corporate sustainability goals.

Design/methodology/approach

This research adopts a case study methodology, focusing on AcmeTech Manufacturing as a representative example. The case study approach allows for an in-depth exploration of AcmeTech's challenges, strategies and outcomes in its pursuit of corporate sustainability. Drawing from real-life events, the study delves into the company's transformation, its commitment to transparent communication and its efforts to incorporate sustainable practices within its global supply chains.

Findings

AcmeTech Manufacturing, once criticized for its environmental negligence, has embarked on a comprehensive sustainability journey. Recognizing the erosion of stakeholder trust due to past actions, the company has prioritized transparent and strategic communication of its sustainability efforts. AcmeTech's commitment extends beyond internal changes, emphasizing the importance of its global supply chains in its overall environmental impact. By adopting a Cooperative Advantage approach, rooted in the philosophy of ubuntu, AcmeTech not only addresses its environmental challenges but also strives to become a leader in sustainable manufacturing practices.

Originality/value

The article offers a unique perspective by combining the concepts of strategic communication and corporate sustainability within the context of global supply chains. Using the fictional case of AcmeTech Manufacturing, influenced by real-world scenarios, the study introduces the Cooperative Advantage approach, rooted in the African philosophy of ubuntu. This approach emphasizes the interconnectedness of all stakeholders, promoting a people-centered strategy to sustainability, making the article a novel contribution to the discourse on corporate sustainability.

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Citation

Prieto, L., Phipps, S.T.A., Robertson, M. and Reynolds, S. (2024), "Strategic communication & corporate sustainability within global supply chains", Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 52 No. 2, pp. 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1108/SL-09-2023-0095

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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