CSCR Clusters

Cluster 1: Optimisation and Resilience

The CSCR will be an ideal vehicle to bring together the growing number of staff members working in various areas of supply chain performance improvement, optimisation, risk and resilience. The Centre aims to provide a solid brand and critical mass for members working in these areas, to aid in building relationships with industry and government agencies (e.g. Office for Supply Chain Resilience).

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Cluster 2: Corporate Social Responsibility

The Corporate Social Responsibility cluster brings together colleagues from various disciplines to examine the role of supply chains, supply chain stakeholders , reporting and accountability in tackling CSR. Current projects include examining the role of technology in modern slavery within healthcare supply chains and the food fraud within international FMCG contexts.

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Research project: 2022 Chocolate Scorecard

Dr Stephanie Perkiss, Discipline of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Wollongong

Research description: We worked with NGO partners, Be Slavery Free, other NGOs and academics, to grade the biggest chocolate brands and manufactures on their social and environmental impacts, specifically in relation to the production of cocoa. We engaged 38 companies to collect data through interviews, informal conversations, survey material and produced a Chocolate Scorecard. The Scorecard was circulated globally in the hope of both encouraging better monitoring and practices within companies' supply chains, and helping consumers chose more sustainable products. 

The 2022 Chocolate Scorecard confirmed that significant issues regarding sustainability exist in the cocoa industry, including child labour, farmers not being paid a living income (both modern slavery abuses) and environmental problems such as deforestation and the use of chemicals. Although this year’s edition of the Chocolate Scorecard shows that there has been a substantial increase in some companies’ ambition and investment as they strive to meet the challenges, good practices are still to be ingrained within the cocoa industry. 

Traceability by the chocolate manufacturers is vital to ensure they know and can monitor exactly what is happening throughout their supply chains, all the way to the farm gates in locations such as West Africa, and that policies and appropriate actions can be taken to tackle the sustainability issues. 

There is a long way to go, and while the problems are not easily solved and not at all close to being solved, we appreciated seeing companies on a road to somewhere, as opposed to being on a bridge to know where. 

This is an ongoing project with key partners: Fuzz & Carolyn Kitto and Etelle Higonnet (Be Slavery Free), Professor John Dumay (MQ), Cristiana Bernardi (Open Universities London), and Dr Stephanie Perkiss (University of Wollongong). Several other NGOs are engaged as research partners, promoters, expert advisors etc. 

Cluster 3: Enabling Technologies and Change

The International Trade and Regulation cluster brings together colleagues from both schools within the Faculty of Business and Law, drawing upon the expertise of senior academics with expertise in international trade law to examine the broader considerations and complexities of global supply chain management practices. In addition to being an independent body of research, this cluster has a fundamental role within all other clusters.

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Cluster 4: International Trade and Regulation

The Enabling Technology and Change cluster will bring together multiple faculties within UoW to focus on the application and analysis of enabling technologies within modern supply chain networks. Importantly, particular focus will be given to the transition and adoption of such technologies and how this change process is managed, with a view to inform operational and strategic decision making.

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