Sustainable Practices and the Relationship with Suppliers in SSCM: A Case Study in Wholesale

  • Arthur Antonio Silva Rosa
  • Etienne Cardoso AbdalaEmail author
  • Luciana Oranges Cezarino
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Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


This research aims to describe and analyze the sustainable practices of a focal company as well as its relationship with the supply chain in order to identify if the sustainable practices of the suppliers affect their sustainability. For that, a case study was carried out in a large wholesale reference company in the country and located in the city of Uberlândia. The results showed that the sustainability of the focal company is directly related to the sustainability of the members of its supply chain. In addition, sustainable supply chains, in addition to minimizing the negative impacts of organizational activities on the environment and society, reduce costs, improve the company’s image, promote innovation, and lead to stronger and more lasting relationships with members of the supply chain. The limitations are the number of interviews performed, given the size of the company, and the fact that the research addresses only the vision of the study’s focal company.


Sustainable practices Suppliers Wholesale 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Antonio Silva Rosa
    • 1
  • Etienne Cardoso Abdala
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luciana Oranges Cezarino
    • 1
  1. 1.School Business and ManagementFederal University of UberlandiaUberlandiaBrazil

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