Title: Transfer of responsibility between supply chains

Authors: David Eriksson; Göran Svensson

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11, Jönköping, Sweden ' Kristiania University College, P.O. Box 1195 Sentrum, 0107, Oslo, Norway

Abstract: Responsibility for the environment, social, and economic issues is of rising concern for supply chain management. Even though it is acknowledged that responsibility issues extend across the entirety of the supply chain, some parts of the chain are still in need of attention. Much of the detected misconduct takes place at the beginning, or the end of the supply chain, but the end of one supply chain could actually be the beginning of another chain. Here, we shed light on the interface between such chains, an area that constitutes a blank space in research. Ship breaking is used as an empirical example, to explain one situation where materials and products at the end of their life are salvaged and enters new/other supply chains. Ship breaking has impacts on the environment and the workers, but seems to be disregarded of both the first and second supply chain. Highlighting the problem, we suggest three types of flows in and between supply chains. We also bring attention to the complexity of responsibility in, and especially between, supply chains.

Keywords: end-of-life products; EOL products; environmental issues; social responsibility; supply chain management; SCM; sustainability; supply chain interfaces; ship breaking; ship demolition; economic issues.

DOI: 10.1504/WRITR.2017.082730

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 2017 Vol.6 No.2, pp.130 - 140

Received: 07 Mar 2016
Accepted: 06 Sep 2016

Published online: 09 Mar 2017 *

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