Supplier code of conduct-state-of-the-art and customisation in the electronics industry

Josef Oehmen, Mikko De Nardo, Paul Schönsleben, Roman Boutellier

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


In the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR), one efficient way to improve the ethical behaviour of a company is the implementation of a code of conduct. When focused on suppliers, this code is referred to as the supplier code of conduct (SCoC). Specific, application-oriented research on SCoCs is rare. The main goals of the present article are to define the state-of-the-art in SCoCs and to show how this review can be used in industrial practice when defining a company-specific SCoC. This article uses the electronics industry as an example. The state-of-the-art review of the content of the SCoCs is structured in five main categories of issues: labour standards, health and safety, environment, ethics and compliance. The practical relevance of this review is demonstrated by applying it in the development of a customised SCoC for a company as a part of the company's corporate risk management activities. This review uses the content analysis of SCoCs based on the website disclosures of the Forbes Fortune 2000 (Technology Hardware & Equipment) companies; which yielded 24 SCoCs. The application was done in an action research framework with a partner company, and the results were verified with the help of a focus group consisting of 10 companies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProduction Planning & Control
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)664-679
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Supply chain management
  • Supplier code of conduct
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Risk management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Supplier code of conduct-state-of-the-art and customisation in the electronics industry'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this