Frontiers in IB Conference: Multinationals & Sustainability in Global Supply Chains

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Theme: Multinational Companies and Sustainability in Global Supply Chains

Extended Submission Deadline: 27 July 2022 (Extended from 20 July)

Registration Deadline: 30 September 2022

Points of Contact: Conference Co-Chairs  Tatiana Kostova and Valentina Marano

Registration Requirements: You must have an active AIB membership in order to register for this event. If you are not a current AIB member or your membership is set to expire before 22 October 2022, please purchase or renew before using our conference registration form.

Overview: The issue of sustainability has become one of the central “big challenges” of our times. The role of corporations for both negative and positive impacts on sustainability has been front and center in social discourse as well as board rooms around the world. International business scholars have contributed to this conversation specifically by examining the role of multinational corporations (MNCs) in the diffusion of sustainable practices and the conditions that facilitate or impede this process. Increasingly, though, multinationals are also expected to consider the sustainability implications of their sourcing decisions and take some responsibility for the social and environmental performance of the other actors in their supply chains, including first- and even second tier suppliers. Moreover, a number of countries, such as the U.K., U.S., Australia, and France have adopted legal provisions requiring companies to seek to mitigate business and human rights violations along their supply chains or report on what steps they have taken to do so (e.g., Section 1502 of Dodd–Frank Act of 2010, 2012, Californian Transparency in Supply Chains Act, UK Modern Slavery Act). The combination of social and legal expectations has led to unprecedented pressures for MNCs to contribute to the sustainability agenda in their global supply chains. Yet, international business research in this area is rather limited, with only some notable exceptions.

The objective of the conference is to address this gap and strengthen the role of IB scholarship in studying MNCs’ social and environmental impacts in global supply chains. We look for cutting edge scholarly contributions that offer novel theoretical insights and practical understandings. We recognize the importance of methodological diversity and a multidisciplinary approach, and hope to engage with ongoing research in a number of related fields including business ethics, corporate governance, strategy, supply chain management, development studies, labor and employment relations, political science, and economic geography.