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Take 4 Steps to Select the Best Responsible Sourcing Approach

Published: 09 May 2019

ID: G00386711

Analyst(s): Sarah Watt


The numerous approaches to responsible sourcing are often confusing, making program selection a challenge. Supply chain leaders should use this research to support the efficient and proper selection of responsible sourcing programs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Structure of Responsible Sourcing Programs
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Responsible Sourcing Programs
  • Follow These Steps to Select the Best Responsible Sourcing Approach
    • Step 1: Analyze the Responsible Sourcing Risks, Opportunities and Complexity of the Supply Chain
    • Step 2: Analyze the Legal Obligations
    • Step 3: Analyze Senior Leader Commitment to Responsible Sourcing
    • Step 4: Analyze the Need for Independence in the Responsible Sourcing Program
  • Gain Leadership Commitment to Responsible Sourcing Approaches

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