Management Systems and Good Practices Related to the Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Hong Yuh Ching, Mayco Anderson Moreira


The objective of this paper is to identify the good practices and management systems related to Sustainable Supply Chain Management SSCM. This study is qualitative with exploratory objective. By examining SSCM publications across journals and across time (from 1997 to 2011) in the three aspects of sustainability, there is a growing number from 2004/2005 onwards. The social aspect is rarely addressed in the literature, in contrast with environmental followed by the economic. The management systems reflect this finding as well as with the eight practices identified. There is no management system that addresses social responsibility. Only two practices address the triple bottom line aspects, while four address environmental and economic aspects, one deals with social and economic and one deals with environmental aspect. The two frameworks proposed by the authors are the contribution in this paper. The first relates the good practices adopted in SSCM to the three aspects of sustainability and their interactions. The second organizes the management systems in layers according to how they address the sustainability aspects. SSCM, as well as Sustainable Operations Management, present themselves as the most comprehensive management model. In SSCM new practices are used together with those found in the supply chain management.

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Journal of Management and Sustainability   ISSN 1925-4725 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4733 (Online)


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