Key Issues in Sustainable Supply Chain Management

By Hendrik Reefke and David Sundaram.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In supply chain management sustainability is often neglected or only addressed in a disconnected fashion. Traditionally the main aims of a supply chain are of an economic nature, i.e. to provide high service levels at the lowest possible cost. Social and environmental dimensions are usually not considered as part of comprehensive supply chain strategy. Rising consumer awareness and stricter governmental regulations are driving factors that force companies to extend the sustainability concept into their supply chains. Integral supply chain concepts like Just-In-Time, outsourcing, offshoring, small batch sizes and frequent deliveries appear to be incompatible with an integrated sustainability approach. This research addresses several associated problems in three interconnected steps. Firstly, key issues in supply chain management have to be identified. Secondly, trade-offs between economic, environmental, and social goals have to be assessed. Finally, these findings have to be formulated into an integrated approach that outlines how supply chains can adapt key operational issues to support a holistic sustainability strategy. The developed artefacts leverage and integrate features from established frameworks and may be used in a prescriptive manner to support sustainability within supply chains.

Keywords: Supply Chain Management, Strategy, Social, Environmental, Economic, Sustainability, Framework, Trade-offs

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.191-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.618MB).

Hendrik Reefke

PhD Candidate, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland, Business School, Auckland, New Zealand

Hendrik Reefke is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland. He holds a Master of Commerce (1st class honours) and a BCom (Hons) in Operations and Supply Chain Management from the University of Auckland. His research interests include operations and supply chain management, transportation modeling and sustainability.

Dr. David Sundaram

Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland, Business School, Auckland, New Zealand

David Sundaram is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland. He has varied academic (B.E. in Electronics & Communications, PG Dip in Industrial Engineering, and Ph.D. in Management Science & Information Systems) as well as work (systems analysis, design, consulting, teaching, and research) background. His primary research interests include the 1) Design and Implementation of flexible and evolvable Information and Decision Systems; 2) Process, Information, and Decision Modelling; 3) Triple Bottom Line Modelling and Reporting; 4) Enterprise Service Oriented Architectures.

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