Next Article in Journal
Environmental Management in German Hospitals—A Classification of Approaches
Next Article in Special Issue
A Mixed-Method Study of Design Practices and Designers’ Roles in Sustainable-Minded Clothing Companies
Previous Article in Journal
Are We Training in Sustainability in Higher Education? Case Study: Education Degrees at the University of Salamanca
Previous Article in Special Issue
Reporting Sustainability in China: Evidence from the Global Powers of Luxury Goods

Supply Chain Collaboration for Transparency

Politecnico di Milano School of Management, 20156 Milano, Italy
UCD College of Business, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4429;
Received: 30 March 2020 / Revised: 22 May 2020 / Accepted: 23 May 2020 / Published: 29 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Fashion Brands)
From an interdisciplinary theoretical perspective, this study uncovers how and to what extent building supply chain relations impacts supply chain transparency in an industrial context characterized by mistrust, complexity and privacy. By conducting a case study involving a multinational fashion group and an influential NGO, this study investigates how a fashion group forms supply chain relations that eventually influence their transparency performance. The fashion group under investigation initially started disclosing information about their supply chain actions in order to ensure legitimacy and protect the brand image. Nevertheless, the group started sharing more information about their supply chains, changing the perspective from a legitimacy driven reactive approach toward an ethics driven proactive approach. Particularly, supplier engagement, commitment and leadership appear to be antecedents to supply chain transparency. The study also reveals the novel influence of NGOs on supply chain transparency. Fashion Revolution has been substantial to drive fashion companies to obtain and disclose information about their supply chains. Supply chain visibility and stronger partnerships are required to overcome problems relating to supply chain complexity on the way toward transparency. Results suggest that supply chain engagement is fundamental for supply chain transparency, and that NGOs play a pivotal role to enhance transparency through knowledge sharing and awareness increasing. The results provide numerous implications that can help industrial practice and research improve the status quo. View Full-Text
Keywords: transparency; fashion industry; case study; sustainable supply chain management; fashion sustainability; supply chain relations; relational theory; collaboration; power transparency; fashion industry; case study; sustainable supply chain management; fashion sustainability; supply chain relations; relational theory; collaboration; power
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Brun, A.; Karaosman, H.; Barresi, T. Supply Chain Collaboration for Transparency. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4429.

AMA Style

Brun A, Karaosman H, Barresi T. Supply Chain Collaboration for Transparency. Sustainability. 2020; 12(11):4429.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Brun, Alessandro, Hakan Karaosman, and Teodosio Barresi. 2020. "Supply Chain Collaboration for Transparency" Sustainability 12, no. 11: 4429.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop