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Brazilian logistics practitioners' perceptions on sustainability: an exploratory study

Vitor William Batista Martins (Department of Production Engineering, University of Pará State, Belem, Brazil) (Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Rosley Anholon (University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Vasco Sanchez-Rodrigues (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Walter Leal Filho (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany)
Osvaldo Luiz Gonçalves Quelhas (Federal Fluminenese University, Niteroi, Brazil)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 31 July 2020

Issue publication date: 30 January 2021




Confronting globalization, logistics systems need to achieve greater efficiency in processes to be competitive. Competitiveness is not related only to economic aspects; companies need to perform their activities aligned to the triple bottom line concept. In this context, the main objective of this research is to analyze how Brazilian professionals think about sustainable logistics through an exploratory study.


A set of 33 indicators, compiled from a literature review, was used to develop a research instrument applied in a survey of 50 professionals working with logistics processes in Brazilian companies. First, the Cronbach's alpha was run to verify the questionnaire reliability. Respondents were grouped through cluster hierarchical analysis, and their answers were analyzed through TOPSIS technique.


The results from the sample analysis showed that Brazilian professionals think in the three dimensions of TBL when considering sustainable logistics systems; however, social aspects are relegated to a second level of importance when compared with environmental and economic indicators. In addition, it is possible to highlight that most important environmental aspects are directly related to economic objectives.


There are few studies examining sustainable logistics system in Brazilian companies that consider the purpose mentioned by evidencing originality in the same way as this current study. The results presented here can contribute to amplifying debates in the theme.



This work was supported by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnologico (CNPq) 307536/2018-1 and 305442/2018-0; and Universidade do Estado do Pará (UEPA) 626/18.


Martins, V.W.B., Anholon, R., Sanchez-Rodrigues, V., Leal Filho, W. and Quelhas, O.L.G. (2021), "Brazilian logistics practitioners' perceptions on sustainability: an exploratory study", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 190-213.



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