Today, one of the top priorities of an organization’s modern corporate strategy is to portray itself as socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. As a focal point of sustainability initiatives, green supply chain management has emerged as a key strategy that can provide competitive advantages with significant parallel gains for company profitability. In designing a green supply chain, the intent is the adoption of comprehensive and cross-business sustainability principles, from the product conception stage to the end-of-life stage. In this context, green initiatives relate to tangible and intangible corporate benefits. Sustainability reports from numerous companies reveal that greening their supply chains has helped reduce operating cost, thus boosting effectiveness and efficiency while increasing sustainability of the business.
Green Supply Chain Management provides a strategic overview of sustainable supply chain management, shedding light on the theoretical background and key principles of the topic. Specifically, this book covers various thematic areas including benefits and impact of green supply chain management; enablers and barriers on supply chain operations; inbound and outbound logistics considerations; and production, packaging and reverse logistics under the notion of "greening". The ultimate aim of this textbook is to highlight the challenges in the implementation of green supply chain management in modern companies and to provide a roadmap for decision-making in real-life cases.
Combining chapter summaries and discussion questions, this book provides an accessible and student-friendly introduction to green supply change management and will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners in the fields of sustainable business and supply chain management.
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1. Green Supply Chain framework
2. From traditional supply chain to green supply chain
3. Enablers and barriers of green supply chain
4. Inbound logistics (Green Procurement)
5. Green production
6. Outbound logistics (Green Transportation and Distribution)
7. Green packaging
8. Reverse logistics
9. Decision making in green supply chain
10. Technologies of marketing and supply chain management synergies
Charisios Achillas is a Professor at the Technical Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Department of Logistics. His work primarily focuses on the areas of environmental engineering, reverse logistics and sustainable development.
Dionysis D. Bochtis works in the area of Systems Engineering focused on bio-production, and related provision systems, with enhanced ICT and automation technologies up to fully robotized systems. He is a Professor in Agri-Robotics at the University of Lincoln, UK, Institute for Agri-Food Technologies (LIAT).
Dimitrios Aidonis is a Professor in the Department of Logistics at the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece. His research interests focus on the area of Operations Management and his work deals mainly with Supply Chain, Reverse Logistics Management and Green Logistics.
Dimitris Folinas is a Professor in the Department of Logistics at the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece. His research interests and working experiences refer to logistics and supply chain management technologies and information systems.
"The authors efficiently capture all the different aspects and latest trends in green supply chain management in a condensed, practical and reader-friendly way. A must-read guide for academics, students and entrepreneurs!"
Simon Pearson, Professor and Director of LIAT at Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technologies, UK
"In recent years, green supply chain management has become the focus among practitioners and researchers across the globe. This work provides an excellent synopsis of the current status, as well as the upcoming trends in the field. The authors clearly explain the different angles of green supply chain management and offer practical advice towards increasing the effectiveness and adaptability of supply chains in the modern business world."
Kyriakos Kouveliotis, Professor at International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, Italy
"One of the most critical issues in respect to competitiveness of enterprises in the modern business environment is balancing economic profits with environmental performance. The pressure from the community and the customers, the constantly increasing regulatory legislation, and the profit potential from energy savings or decreased waste management costs, put green supply chain management in the forefront of business efficiency. Connecting theory with practice, the authors offer a comprehensive overview of recent developments in the thematic area of green supply chain management."
Marinella Christoforou, Managing Director at TEAM CERT Certification & Inspection Services, Greece
"This book is definitely a great work full of important information on sustainability in supply chains, which is a top agenda issue worldwide. It is an easy-to-read book, useful for the business world and academia."
Claus Aage Grøn Sørensen, Professor in the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark