Supplier Selection Criteria For Effective Social Responsible Purchasing in South Africa
Businesses should engage in social responsible purchasing by selecting suppliers based on non-economic
purchasing criteria. Therefore the objectives of this study were to determine the supplier selection criteria for effective social
responsible purchasing and the effect of the demographic profile of purchasing staff on the identified supplier selection
criteria. A quantitative research methodology was followed. Data was collected in a survey with a final sample of 273
respondents using a structured self-administered questionnaire. South African businesses regard environmental-, human
rights-, diversity- and safety considerations as important supplier selection criteria for effective social responsible purchasing.
Gender influences how purchasing staff view safety and ethics as supplier selection criteria for effective social responsible
Index Terms— Demographics, Implementation, Social responsible purchasing, Supply chain management.