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Development of sustainability indicator scoring (SIS) for the food supply chain

Louise Manning (Department of Food Science and Agri-Food Supply Chain Management, Harper Adams University, Newport, UK)
Jan Mei Soon (International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies, School of Sport and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 5 September 2016




The purpose of this paper is to identify mechanisms for using a quantitative benchmarking approach to drive sustainability improvements in the food supply chain.


A literature review was undertaken and then a strategic and operational framework developed for improving food supply chain sustainability in terms of triple bottom line criteria.


Using a sustainability indicator scoring approach, the paper considers the architecture for analysis so that strategic goals can be clearly formulated and cascade into specific, relevant and timebound strategic and operational measures that underpin brand value and product integrity.


This paper is of value to academics and also practitioners in the food industry.



Manning, L. and Soon, J.M. (2016), "Development of sustainability indicator scoring (SIS) for the food supply chain", British Food Journal, Vol. 118 No. 9, pp. 2097-2125.



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