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System architecture for blockchain based transparency of supply chain social sustainability

Venkatesh, VG and Kang, Kai and Wang, Bill and Zhong, Ray Y and Zhang, Abraham (2020) 'System architecture for blockchain based transparency of supply chain social sustainability.' Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 63. p. 101896. ISSN 0736-5845

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Social sustainability is a major concern in global supply chains for protecting workers from exploitation and for providing a safe working environment. Although there are stipulated standards to govern supply chain social sustainability, it is not uncommon to hear of businesses being reported for noncompliance issues. Even reputable firms such as Unilever have been criticized for production labor exploitation. Consumers now increasingly expect sellers to disclose information on social sustainability, but sellers are confronted with the challenge of traceability in their multi-tier global supply chains. Blockchain offers a promising future to achieve instant traceability in supply chain social sustainability. This study develops a system architecture that integrates the use of blockchain, internet-of-things (IoT) and big data analytics to allow sellers to monitor their supply chain social sustainability efficiently and effectively. System implementation cost and potential challenges are analyzed before the research is concluded.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blockchain; Social sustainability; Multi-tier supply chain; Supply chain sustainability; Traceability
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 16:08
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:13

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