Handbook on the Sustainable Supply Chain
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Handbook on the Sustainable Supply Chain

Edited by Joseph Sarkis

Supply chain management has long been a feature of industry and commerce but, with increasing demands from consumers, producers are spending more time and money investing in ways to make supply chains more sustainable. This exemplary Handbook provides readers with a comprehensive overview of current research on sustainable supply chain management.
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Chapter 8: Building the business case for sustainable supply chains

Laura Meade and Adrien Presley

Abstract

The focus of this chapter is on building the business case for sustainable supply chains. Sustainability, sustainable supply chains and green supply chains are defined and discussed. A recent literature review summarizes the current schools of thought for building the business case for sustainability and how that compares with building the business case for sustainable supply chains. What it means to build a business case is also discussed. Furthermore, a variety of models that have been utilized recently to reflect the various thought processes when making the business case for sustainable supply chains are reviewed, with the authors suggesting a holistic decision-making model for enterprises to use when considering sustainable supply chain improvements. Future research concerns are also summarized.

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