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Socially Responsible Purchasing (SRP) in the Supply Chain Industry: Meanings and Influences

Ogunyemi, Titilayo; Adegbite, Emmanuel; Nakpodia, Franklin; Yekini, Kemi; Ayios, Angela

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Titilayo Ogunyemi

Emmanuel Adegbite

Kemi Yekini

Angela Ayios


Organisations are increasingly expected to respond to societal and environmental issues within their supply chains. The nuances of this expectation necessitate the consideration of the disparities in corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices within supply chains. Drawing on the stakeholder theory, this paper examines the meanings and influences on socially responsible purchasing (SRP) in supply chains. It adopts an interpretivist qualitative methodology, relying on data from semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with practitioners from multinational and indigenous organisations in Nigeria. Our findings present a useful understanding of SRP based on specific endogenous-level and exogenous-level influences. In particular, we develop an encompassing scope for SRP’s meaning, outlining its key components, clarifying its boundaries, and highlighting inconsistencies in its description. Our study provides a fresh understanding of SRP, with attendant contributions to the broad literature on CSR, corporate governance, and supply chain management. It also offers insights to managers, purchasers, suppliers, financial analysts and policymakers in embedding SRP.


Ogunyemi, T., Adegbite, E., Nakpodia, F., Yekini, K., & Ayios, A. (2024). Socially Responsible Purchasing (SRP) in the Supply Chain Industry: Meanings and Influences. Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 23, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 5, 2024
Publication Date Jan 5, 2024
Deposit Date Jan 2, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2024
Journal Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility
Publisher Wiley
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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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