Collaborative Approach for Sustainable Auditing of Global Supply Chains


  • Andrea Appolloni
  • Mario Risso
  • Tao Zhang



Corporate Social Responsibility, Supply chain, Telecommunication industries, Code of conduct, horizontal approach


Over the last years, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an important component of business activities for many companies in the world. Much attention has been devoted considering also supply chain perspective. Multinational corporations are not only responsible for sound environmental and social practices within their own premises, but increasingly also for sustainable performance of their suppliers, and ultimately for the entire supply chain which they lead as channel leaders. That is why, large buyers have recently come under pressure to increase monitoring of  suppliers' behaviours to bolster CSR compliance. This paper aims to present  a conceptual framework for analyzing the Sustainable Procurement practices  in global supply chains. An important aspect of implementing such supply chain CSR initiatives involves achieving supplier compliance. It also seeks to demonstrate how a specific consortium of Large European Telecommunications Companies, implements and manages together CSR practices, integrating social and environmental aspects at its suppliers based in Asia.

This cooperation is an opportunity for members to collectively work on issues of common concern to find industry-wide solutions, aimed at jointly  auditing suppliers in developing countries on sustainable sourcing. The information collected and conclusions reached offer strategies for advancing CSR beyond the superficial and often ineffectual 'code of conduct' stage.

Author Biographies

Andrea Appolloni

Università degli studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"

Researcher of Management

Mario Risso

Università degli studi Niccolò Cusano - Telematica Roma

Associate professor of Management 

Tao Zhang

Department of Auditing
Wuhan Economy Academy

Associate Professor of Management




How to Cite

Appolloni, A., Risso, M., & Zhang, T. (2013). Collaborative Approach for Sustainable Auditing of Global Supply Chains. Symphonya. Emerging Issues in Management, (2), 19–31.