Green procurement and socio-economic transparency: potential for sustainability: A Finnish case of the public sector catering industry

Mikkola, Minna and Hingley, Martin (2013) Green procurement and socio-economic transparency: potential for sustainability: A Finnish case of the public sector catering industry. In: Futures for Food, 6–7 June 2013 , Turku, Finland.

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Abstract

The public sector catering industry has been given the political task to contribute to the market with respect to sustainability. While depending on the current market for their ingredients, the committed caterers see the endeavor as a universal issue, whereby balancing ecological with socio-economic sustainability implies more transparency. In order to become a ‘player for sustainability’ on the market, the caterers want to learn about supply chains’ socio-economic realities. This paper aims to support the emerging market for sustainability through a Finnish case study, whereby supply chains from local to global are analyzed in terms of their socio-economic transparency. The chain level structure, economic relations and strategies, as well as developmental orientations all amount to social sustainability and economic viability. The results suggest that supply chains’ transparencies can be organized in particular ‘existencies’, sensitivities and visibilities. The local supply chains are more transparent, equal and exhibit developmental potential but sell limited volumes so far; the global supply chains are less transparent but their volume performance is relatively good, though sometimes restricted. The major domestic supply chains are rather transparent and perform very well, with challenging developmental orientations. However, each supply chain seems to display topical development potential which could be actualized through procurement criteria. The paper discusses the conditions of socio-economic transparency and concludes that this dimension needs to be included in sustainability characterization, although structural and economic relations so far have been less visible in public procurement.

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Keywords:Sustainability, Catering, Finland, Food
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N110 European Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:10613
Deposited On:28 Jun 2013 08:19

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