Corporate Responsibility in the Food Chain: The Criteria and Indicators

Pasi Heikkurinen, Lotta Jalkanen, Katja Järvelä, Maija Järvinen, Juha-Matti Katajajuuri, Laura Koistinen, Jaana Kotro, Johanna Mäkelä, Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Inkeri Riipi, Kukka-Maaria Ulvila, Sari Forsman-Hugg


Corporate responsibility (CR) is becoming a key issue in the food chain. In order to make sense of this phenomenon, a seminal aper by Maloni and Brown (2006) called for further empirical investigation on the criteria of responsibility in the food supply chain. The purpose of this paper is to answer the call by identifying the criteria for defining CR and develop indicators for measuring the responsibility performance of the food chain.
The study was based on interactive and participatory stakeholder dialogues with diverse experts, corporate representatives and other stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governmental bodies. Through an iterative research process we identified the criteria and developed the indicators. Our findings enable business leaders to evaluate and manage their operations towards more responsible business praxis.

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