Sustainable Supply Chain Governance: A Focus on Suppliers in Zimbabwe


Authors : Absolom Mukonyo; Mujakachi Christopher Tapiwa; Shakerod Munuhwa; Munyaradzi Chibaro; Dr Sibongile Manzini

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 7 - July

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- Supply chain operation in Zimbabwe remains at risk of being inefficient and unsustainable. The emphasis of this paper is to institute governance on suppliers to improve supply chain sustainability. Supplier governance would be instituted mainly in two ways; through organisations when they initially engage suppliers and through legislation and policies continuously imposed directly on suppliers to ensure conformance to supply chain sustainability. The study employed desk research to explore the various governance systems and practices that can be implemented on suppliers within public and private institutions to improve supply chain sustainability. Findings revealed that the industry was fraught with poor transparency, inadequate corporate governance, weak rule of law on suppliers, corrupt practices, too much supplier bargain power, poor supply transparency, inconsistent consideration of supplier governance among buying organisations, lack of understanding on sustainable supply and procurement, lack of standards and proper certification among other factors. Proposed recommendations focused on skills and policy alignment, leveraging the right technology, restricting value leakage and embedding risk mitigation strategies into all supply chain activities.

Keywords : Governance, Sustainability, Supply Chain, Triple Bottom Line, Zimbabwe.

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