A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

The effects of sustainability practices on the performance of risk management and purchasing

Open Access publication

Publication Details
Authors: Hallikas Jukka, Lintukangas Katrina, Kähkönen Anni-Kaisa
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Journal of Cleaner Production
Journal acronym: JCP
Volume number: 263
ISSN: 0959-6526
eISSN: 1879-1786
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication
Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2020042119523


Companies need special purchasing and supply management practices to ensure that their supply chains are sustainable and transparent. However, sustainability practices do not only serve the purpose of securing sustainability, but also help companies to avoid economic and reputational damage and risks. This paper studies the influence of sustainable purchasing practices on the risk management performance and purchasing performance by using quantitative survey data collected from 111 Finnish companies. The direct and indirect relationships between the concepts are examined using a partial least squares methodology. The results show that the use of sustainable purchasing practices improves the purchasing performance of businesses. Firms that invest in sustainability management in their purchasing will more likely have better performance in their purchasing and supply management. It was also found that sustainable purchasing practices improve reputational and operational risk management performance, which indicates that sustainability practices are significant in risk management in general, not only in relation to sustainability.

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