Advocating Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Sustainability in Global Supply Chain

Advocating Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Sustainability in Global Supply Chain

Kijpokin Kasemsap (Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 38
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0635-5.ch009
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Abstract

This chapter aims to advocate Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) and sustainability in global supply chain, thus describing the overview of Supply Chain Management (SCM); the overview of SSCM; the overview of Triple Bottom Line (TBL); TBL measures in terms of social, environmental, and economic perspectives; the multifaceted applications of SSCM; the barriers to the implementation of SSCM; the overview of sustainability; the utilization of sustainability in global supply chain; and the sustainability aspects in global supply chain concerning risk management, transparency, strategy, and culture. This chapter performs a detailed literature review and uses the conceptual theory to introduce the concept of TBL to implement SSCM practices and to promote sustainability in global supply chain. The chapter argues that advocating SSCM and sustainability has the potential to enhance organizational performance and achieve business goals in global supply chain.
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Background

For modern organizations competing in the greatly potential markets, the search for new sources of competitive advantage is necessary in order to sustain in the global economy (Kasemsap, 2015a). Industries currently face pressure on environmental initiatives from both government regulations and global competition in addition to customer pressure (Diabat et al., 2014). The concept of SCM was introduced in the early 1980s (Harland, 1996). The fast growing branch of research is SSCM (Seuring & Muller, 2008). The extant literature on SSCM contains studies on a diverse set of topics such as green purchasing, purchasing ethics, remanufacturing, safety management, supplier certification, carbon footprint, and reverse logistics (Winter & Knemeyer, 2013).

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