Title: Green supply chain practices and performance in Ghana's mining industry: a comparative evaluation based on DEMATEL and AHP

Authors: Simonov Kusi-Sarpong; Joseph Sarkis; Xuping Wang

Addresses: School of Management Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, No. 2 Linggong Road, Ganjingzi District, Dalian Liaoning Province, 116023, China ' School of Business, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280, USA ' School of Management Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, No. 2 Linggong Road, Ganjingzi District, Dalian Liaoning Province, 116023, China; School of Business, Dalian University of Technology, Panjin Liaoning Province, 124221, China

Abstract: We introduce a comprehensive framework for sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) implementation in the mining industry. The framework includes six constructs, green information technology and systems, strategic supplier partnership, operations and logistics integration, internal environmental management, eco-innovative and end-of-life. Environmentally sustainable supply chain management practices in Ghana's gold mining industry are examined using DEMATEL and the analytical hierarchy process. The evaluation models found that strategic supplier partnership and end-of-life practices are the two most prominent and influential factors whereas lean and green operations, substituting toxic inputs with environmentally friendly ones and resale of used parts or components are prominent sub-factors. This study and resulting framework allows practicing managers in the mining industry to make thoughtful decisions on SSCM.

Keywords: sustainable SCM; supply chain management; SSCM; corporate social responsibility; CSR; green SCM; GSCM; multicriteria decision making; MCDM tools; DEMATEL; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; mining industry; Ghana; supply chain practices; supply chain performance; sustainable development; sustainability; green IT; green IS; information technology; information systems; strategic supplier partnerships; logistics integration; internal environmental management; eco-innovation; end-of-life practices; EOL; lean operations; green operations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPSCM.2016.10002317

International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling, 2016 Vol.8 No.4, pp.320 - 347

Received: 07 Dec 2015
Accepted: 15 Mar 2016

Published online: 02 Jan 2017 *

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