Title: A framework for implementing sustainable supply chain management

Authors: Mahmoud Al-Odeh; Jim Smallwood; M. Affan Badar

Addresses: School of Technology, Art and Design, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA ' College of Technology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA ' Department of Applied Engineering and Technology Management, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA

Abstract: Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) is an essential strategy to reduce damage to the environment and support organisations in becoming more efficient, which impacts their overall performance. This article provides a framework strategy to help managers apply SSCM to their organisations and partners. The methodology employed in this study is based on the literature search, best practices, and needs of regional large, medium and small manufacturing companies regarding SSCM. Companies located in and around the city of Terre Haute, Indiana, USA, were visited to observe their sustainable initiatives. Employees responsible for supply chain management were interviewed. The companies included large-size companies, medium-size companies, and small-size companies. As a result of this research, a framework has been developed for SSCM implementation. This research's practical implication is that this framework can be used in any manufacturing company regardless of their size with some adjustment due to regional consideration.

Keywords: supply chain; sustainability; operations management; trends; framework; industry practices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOM.2021.120500

International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 2021 Vol.13 No.3, pp.212 - 233

Received: 28 Aug 2020
Accepted: 03 Dec 2020

Published online: 24 Jan 2022 *

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