The solution addresses the question:
How do purchasing agents consider social responsibility in selecting suppliers?
When an organization utilizes materials from suppliers in manufacturing, social responsibility should be a consideration of the purchasing agent. For example, raw materials made in third world country where worker safety is a huge concern can have a negative impact on the organization if they purchase from such suppliers - as doing so essential supports the practice. Other areas of consideration should be the supplier's impact on the environment.
Social responsibility involves an organization, or in the scenario of a purchasing agent's suppliers, engaging in behavior that benefits both the local community it operates out of; as well as on a broader scale to the customers served. When considering suppliers, purchasing agents should look at the impact each organization has in regards to social responsibility. ...
The solution is over 200 words long and addresses the social responsibility factors a purchasing agent may consider when deciding amongst suppliers. Such items may include if the supplier uses "green" packaging, such as paper-based boxes and wrapping that are recycling; and the type of transportation used in order to reduce pollution.