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Sustainable Supply Chains: Introduction

  • Yann BoucheryEmail author
  • Charles J. Corbett
  • Jan C. Fransoo
  • Tarkan Tan
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Part of the Springer Series in Supply Chain Management book series (SSSCM, volume 4)

Abstract

As firms become progressively more tightly coupled in global supply chains, rather than being large vertically integrated monoliths, risks and opportunities associated with activities upstream or downstream, will increasingly impinge upon their own wellbeing. For a firm to thrive, it is increasingly imperative that it be aware of economic, environmental and social dimensions of the entire supply chain it belongs to, and that it proactively monitor and manage those. Finding efficient solutions towards a more sustainable supply chain is increasingly important for managers, but clearly this raises difficult questions, often without clear answers. In this introductory chapter, we first provide some insights on what does “sustainable supply chains” mean. Then, we review the main reasons that motivated us to assemble this book at this particular point in time. In a third section, we discuss the five main underlying principles we adopted in designing this book. Finally, we propose some insights on the future of sustainable supply chains.

Keywords

Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Corporate Social Performance Water Footprint Financial Accounting 
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Copyright information

© Yann Bouchery, Charles J. Corbett, Jan C. Fransoo, and Tarkan Tan 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yann Bouchery
    • 1
    Email author
  • Charles J. Corbett
    • 2
  • Jan C. Fransoo
    • 3
  • Tarkan Tan
    • 3
  1. 1.Axe Logistique Terre Mer Risque, Ecole de Management de NormandieLe HavreFrance
  2. 2.Anderson School of ManagementUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.School of Industrial EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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