CSR in the auto industry: Do the first-tier suppliers have stakeholders?

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Frigant, V.


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 9, Number 4, p.377-393 (2009)




Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an increasingly important construct for corporate strategies, notably in the automotive industry. This article tries to identify which factors might induce first-tier suppliers to commit to socially responsible practices. Rooted in a stakeholder approach, we analyse in what way customers, civil society, employees, Socially Responsible Investors (SRIs) and state authorities affect first-tier suppliers. We will demonstrate that these traditional stakeholders have little influence on companies. The conclusion will argue that the analyticalframework should be broadened to include the meso-economic level. © 2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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