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Green supply chain management

Runala Jaggernath (Department of Social Sciences, University of The West Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
Zaffar Khan (Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, University of the West Indies, Mount Hope, Trinidad and Tobago)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Misconception of issues surrounding green supply chain management (GSCM), as well as a paucity of relevant information on the tangible benefits of GSCM practices in organizations was justification for this literature review. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

The study has been conducted by analyzing and critiquing secondary data obtained from numerous sources of similar subject. The research topic has been examined in detail.

Findings

The outcomes provide an overview of what GSCM practices entail, strategies successful companies have used to incorporate GSCM practices within their organizations and its impact on the industry.

Research limitations/implications

The research conducted in this study is limited to one country, i.e. Canada, and as such further research should be carried out by incorporating a larger array of participants so as to obtain a more generalized conclusion.

Practical implications

The study contributes to an understanding of the importance of GSCM practices on not only the economic success of a business, but the positive effects on the environment. The results will help in the reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide and other green house gases, thus impacting on climate change.

Originality/value

Despite increasing awareness, the implementation of GSCM techniques continue to be deterred by lack of government initiatives and commitment of companies involved in the supply chain. Unless it is given precedence, the benefits of GSCM will continue to elude us. This study provides an opportunity to study a model which has met with critical success, rejuvenate it and consequently mandate its adoption in efforts to attain sustainability.

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Citation

Jaggernath, R. and Khan, Z. (2015), "Green supply chain management", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 37-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-06-2014-0018

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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