Sustainable Supply Chain


The concept summarises the literature on sustainable supply chain management, defines sustainable supply chain elements and reviews implementation information and success factors.

Technique Overview

Sustainable Supply Chain Definition

A sustainable supply chain demonstrates a long-term commitment to procurement and supply chain management that considers "the environmental, social and economic consequences of design, non-renewable material use, manufacture and production methods, logistics, service delivery, use, operation, maintenance, reuse, recycling options, disposal, and suppliers’ capabilities to address these consequences throughout the supply chain" (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2006).

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Business Evidence

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Business Application

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Further Reading

Sustainable Supply Chain web and print resources *

Sustainable Supply Chain references (4 of up to 20) *

  • Adams, C.A. and McNicholas, P. (2007) Making a Difference: Sustainability Reporting, Accountability and Organisational Change. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol.20(3), pp.382-402.
  • Beamon, B.A. (1999) Designing the Green Supply Chain. Logistics Information Management, Vol.12(4), pp.332-342.
  • Bhattacharya, C.B. and Sen, S. (2004) Doing Better at Doing Good: When, Why, and How Consumers Respond to Corporate Social Initiatives. California Management Review, Vol.47(1), pp.9-24.
  • Burnes, B. (2009) Managing Change, 5th ed. Pearson Education: Essex, UK.

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