The paper “ Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Supply Chains” is an impressive variant of the essay on management. The first Industrial Revolution of the 19th century saw a remarkable change from using manual techniques, hands, in manufacturing, and producing goods to the use of machines. It is during this era that the use of steel and coal gained prominence and it was considered as the pinnacle of human advancement in terms of technology then. However, the continued inventions have revolutionized all sectors of the economy and have thus led to the second, third, and probably fourth industrial revolutions.
Presently, human beings consider this era as the most advanced in their lifetime. This has primarily been as a result of the inventions and adoption of information technology, computers, in all sectors of the economy and spheres of life. This is the Third Industrial or Digital Revolution which was marked by the invention of the transistor in the late 1940s which paved for the use of computers in various sectors. However, presently computers have become a force to reckon with as more and more people are adopting the use of high technology in various processes and functionalities. Along with these developments comes an increasingly social and ethical consumer who would go at a great length to ensure that the companies, whose numbers are swelling with each passing day, give something back to the society in which they operate.
Moreover, society including the government has continuously pushed the companies to take responsibility for the effects of their operations, especially on the environment. This is what is known as corporate social responsibility. Corporate social responsibility is not only a requirement by the authorities and the society at large; it has over the years evolved in a competitive tool used by many companies to edge out their competitors from the market and gain the largest market share (Spekman, Werhane & Boyd, 2005). Depending on a company’ s nature of operations, corporate social responsibility can entail anything; it has no specifically designed activities that can be used to define its parameters.
The keyword here is ‘ social’ and ‘ responsibility’ (Crane & Matten, 2004).
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