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What is Environmentally Responsible Supply Chain

Strategies for Environmentally Responsible Supply Chain and Production Management
An environmentally responsible supply chain, also known as a green or sustainable supply chain, integrates environmental considerations and practices to minimize the negative ecological impacts associated with sourcing, production, and distribution.
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Leveraging Opportunities for Developing Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains Through the Application of Digital Technologies
Yanamandra Ramakrishna (School of Business, Skyline University College, Sharjah, UAE), Babita Srivatsava (William Paterson University, USA), Siti Norida Wahab (Universiti Tekinologi MARA, Malaysia), and Mehak Vasta (Skyline University College, Sharjah, UAE)
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-0669-7.ch005
An environmentally responsible supply chain refers to the integration of environmentally friendly practices and principles into the various stages of the supply chain process. This includes sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and end-of-life disposal or recycling. The goal is to minimize the environmental impact and meeting customer demands, maintaining economic viability. Sustainable sourcing, energy efficiency, waste reduction, transportation efficiency, collaboration with suppliers, product design for sustainability, compliance with environmental regulations transparency and reporting, continuous improvement are some of the supply chain practices to make supply chains environmentally responsible. Due to their inherent weaknesses the existing linear and traditional supply chains are found to be not focusing on the environment. Therefore, there is a need for exploring the opportunities to make supply chains to be environmentally responsible. This chapter focuses on the application of digital technologies to make supply chains environmentally responsible.
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