Environmental and Ethical Issues in SCM

  • Syed Abdul Rehman Khan
  • Zhang Yu
Part of the EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing book series (EAISICC)


This chapter verified that supply and purchasing managers should be concerned regarding the environmental aspect of the SCM. The chapter defined the idea of environmental soundness, green SCs and sustainable development. It has reviewed and also outlined supply and purchasing managers’ contribution to increasing environmental soundness. Finally, the chapter discussed and also identified many important execution problems.

Environmental soundness in SCM may not be classed as a critical requirement of business. Although the full effects of the many pressures may take some time to filter through to purchasing in some sectors, in others it is already a middle-of-the-road issue. Firms that deliberate environmental problems to be “strategic” will not wait for the consequences of activity to have an effect—companies will seek proactively for the possible impact on their business and also attempt to reduce the risk before it is fully demonstrated or manifested. The competitive pressure that this market development can be expected to place upon companies will inevitably find its way speedily to managers of purchasing and supply.


Sustainability Environmental soundness Air pollution Water pollution Upstream supply chain Recycle Product stewardship Strategic critical Kraljic model Green supply chain Social policy Solid waste Emissions Supplier assessment Downstream supply chain Tactical acquisition Top management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Abdul Rehman Khan
    • 1
  • Zhang Yu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Economics and ManagementChang’an UniversityXi’anChina

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