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Diego Vazquez-Brust and Natalia Yakovleva

A growing number of organizations outside academia promote sustainability in education and research of business schools through a variety of activities. We call such organizations – previously orphaned by sustainable education research – external facilitators of sustainable management education (EFSUMEs). The chapter classifies EFSUMEs into four broad categories: those that provide normative guidance, those monitoring, those networking, and those enabling resource provision opportunities. Many EFSUMEs are national, and we mostly focus on US- and UK-based institutions. But others are global, such as the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN PRME), which seek to address a lack of engagement with sustainability in business schools. The chapter argues that external facilitators of sustainable management education are needed to support paradigm change in education, and it subsequently reviews some of the major EFSUMEs and their activities in the effort to raise the profile of sustainability through ranking, research, and pedagogic endeavors.

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Diego Vazquez-Brust and Laura J. Spence

Going beyond research on corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues in global supply chains, this chapter takes a practical look at how small business social responsibility and sustainability issues can be meaningfully measured, especially from the perspective of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Taking a particular focus on the environmental aspects of social responsibility and sustainability, the chapter provides guidance in terms of principles of environmental performance measurement and offers a general overview of two outstanding sustainable supply chain assessment tools. Our empirically based illustrative case suggests that metrics for waste management in small British companies are likely to provide better information about quality of waste management and its impact when they are: collected by stream of waste identifying total weight and waste management solution; and analysed using relative, context-based and impact-weighted indicators.

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Diego A. Vazquez-Brust and Lucila M.S. Campos

Discussions related to the integration of environmental practices in operations and their consequences on the financial and productivity outcomes of organizational performance are increasing, particularly in terms of supply chain implications. This chapter maps lean manufacturing practices and green manufacturing practices at the company in a supply chain perspective. The chapter explores the connections between lean manufacturing and green practices,first looking at the literature analysing these practices severally, and later focusing in synergies and trade-offs between lean and green manufacturing. In analysing common aspects and complementarities between lean (as an operational practice) and environmental practice, a common concern for the elimination of waste can be noted. The main results also show that the linkages between lean and green only take central stage when lean and green practices are studied from a supply chain perspective.