Research Handbook on Transnational Corporations
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Research Handbook on Transnational Corporations

Edited by Alice de Jonge and Roman Tomasic

Transnational corporations (TNCs) have moved to the forefront of regulatory governance both within states and in the international arena. The Research Handbook on Transnational Corporations provides expert background commentary and up-to-date insights into regulatory frameworks impacting on TNCs at global, industry and national levels. Written by global experts in their field, this unique collection of essays provides in-depth understanding of how the forces of globalisation affect the world’s largest corporations, and how those corporations, in turn, shape globalisation.
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Chapter 9: A case in supply chain and business sustainability: Samsung’s management of human rights in consumer electronics manufacturing

Anna Chou

Abstract

Corporate social responsibility is a challenge for corporations to do no harm and positively impact society throughout consumer-targeted operations. Materials sourcing and manufacturing in the consumer electronics industry tie many actors and interest groups into a complex problem. Prioritizing undeniable human rights in the supply chain raises questions of the political economy, consumerism and profit-driven decision-making. This case study focuses on a leading electronic company’s efforts to manage sourcing and worker rights. This discourse evaluates how a company can design its strategy and operations to mitigate human rights risks in its supply chain.

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