Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 117, Issue 3, pp 635–658

A Review of Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices in Canada

Authors

    • YSGS, Environmental Applied Science and Management (ENSCIMAN) ProgramRyerson University
  • Cory Searcy
    • Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringRyerson University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1539-4

Cite this article as:
Morali, O. & Searcy, C. J Bus Ethics (2013) 117: 635. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1539-4

Abstract

There is a growing body of research on the theory and practice of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). However, relatively little research has been conducted on the extent to which corporations have integrated sustainability principles into the management of their supply chain and the evaluation of supplier performance. The purpose of this article is to explore the extent to which corporate sustainability principles are integrated into supply chain management (SCM) in corporations. Canada is used as a case study in this article. The study included a content analysis of one hundred Canadian corporate sustainable development reports and in-depth interviews with 18 Canadian experts on SSCM. The article highlights the wide array of ways in which Canadian corporations address SSCM issues. Amongst other topics, issues associated with supply chain governance, standards for SSCM, collaboration with suppliers, performance measurement, and accountability within the supply chain are explored. The findings reveal that there are many challenges in integrating sustainability into SCM. These challenges shed light on possible future directions for research in SSCM. This article underlines the need for research that reflects the interconnected nature of the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability, particularly as it relates to measuring supplier performance on sustainability initiatives.

Keywords

Canada Corporate social responsibility Integration Performance indicators Performance measurement Standards Supplier monitoring Supply chain management Sustainability

Abbreviations

CSDRs

Canadian corporate sustainable development reports

CSR

Corporate social responsibility

GRI

Global reporting initiative

KPI

Key performance indicator

RBV

Resource-based view

RDT

Resource dependence theory

SCM

Supply chain management

SSCM

Ustainable supply chain management

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