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 9: Sustainable supplier selection: a process view

Jafar Rezaei

Abstract

This chapter gives an overview of sustainable supplier selection. Supplier selection is a strategic activity of a buying company through which they identify, evaluate and select the best supplier(s) among from a set of potential suppliers. Traditionally, price (together with some other criteria such as quality and delivery) has been a dominant criterion to make this decision. With theincreasing importance of social and environmental concerns, companies are increasingly incorporating the three dimensions of sustainability_ that is, economic, social and environmental _ into their supplier selection decision. This chapter presents a process view of this important decision and shows how a company might go through several activities in order to have and implement a successful and long-term sustainable supplier selection program.

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