Security, sustainability and supply chain collaboration in the humanitarian space
Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Article publication date: 27 July 2021
Issue publication date: 26 October 2021
To extend humanitarian supply chain relationships beyond logistics concerns of delivery, quality and cost. As humanitarian actors continue to face increasing numbers of natural disasters, armed conflicts and attacks on aid workers, security (risk) and sustainability are issues of growing importance. Aiming to inspire discussion, the paper concludes with a research agenda.
This is a conceptual paper inspired by relevant statistics, news reports and academic literature.
Worldwide natural disasters and armed conflicts are on the rise. So are deliberate attacks on aid workers. Thus, humanitarian supply chain design must include considerations of security and sustainability. Agencies have several options for integrating matters of security and sustainability with the delivery of aid, from being reactive to creating internal solutions to forming proactive relationships with security and sustainability experts.
There are numerous opportunities for research in the areas of security, sustainability and supply chain relationships.
Through advocacy and supply chain relationships, humanitarian agencies can enhance security for aid workers and civilians affected by conflict and disasters. Looking to the future, they can also make a positive difference on issues of sustainability.
There is an opportunity to enlarge the “humanitarian space” – and increase security for aid workers and civilians, especially in areas of armed conflict. In the long term, aid agencies can also help eliminate social problems such as gender inequality.
This appears to be among the first papers to discuss matters of security and sustainability in the context of humanitarian supply chain collaboration.
Larson, P.D. (2021), "Security, sustainability and supply chain collaboration in the humanitarian space", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 609-622. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-06-2021-0059
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