The role of collaboration in the UK green supply chains: an exploratory study of the perspectives of suppliers, logistics and retailers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/579470
Title:
The role of collaboration in the UK green supply chains: an exploratory study of the perspectives of suppliers, logistics and retailers
Authors:
Ramanathan, Usha; Bentley, Yongmei ( 0000-0002-4597-4664 ) ; Pang, Gu
Abstract:
Many companies around the world have started to realise that working alone will not be sufficient in their move towards a greener supply chain (SC). More specifically, recent UK government regulations on implementing strict CO2 reduction encourage SC operators to work collaboratively, in production and logistics and in other operations, to achieve their green objectives. In this research, we look at some underlying factors of SC collaboration, focussing on suppliers, logistics and retailers, for the purpose of improving the environmental sustainability of companies' SCs. To facilitate our study, we conduct case studies in two overseas supplier companies with the aim of providing a better understanding of how green issues imposed by European and UK customers influence the companies' actions to meet agreed environmental goals. Then, staff in middle-management and related roles in sixteen companies operating in the UK are interviewed to understand their business practices in achieving the goal of CO2 reduction. Finally, drawing upon the information from company reports and websites, a number of UK leading retailers' actions to reduce CO2 emissions are investigated. We develop a conceptual framework of three levels of SC collaboration for environmental sustainability to help companies improve their level of collaboration between suppliers and buyers in terms of meeting their environmental objectives. The proposed framework will serve as a base model for the companies using or considering SC collaboration to achieve their environmental agendas, in line with governmental green regulatory requirements.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire; Newcastle University
Citation:
Ramanathan, U., Bentley, Y., and Pang, G. (2014) 'The role of collaboration in the UK green supply chains: An exploratory study of the perspectives of suppliers, logistics and retailers'.Journal of Cleaner Production, 70, pp:231-241
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Journal of Cleaner Production
Issue Date:
May-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/579470
DOI:
10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.02.026
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S095965261400170X
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0959-6526
Appears in Collections:
Business and Information Systems Research Centre (BISC)

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRamanathan, Ushaen
dc.contributor.authorBentley, Yongmeien
dc.contributor.authorPang, Guen
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-08T08:52:28Zen
dc.date.available2015-10-08T08:52:28Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05en
dc.identifier.citationRamanathan, U., Bentley, Y., and Pang, G. (2014) 'The role of collaboration in the UK green supply chains: An exploratory study of the perspectives of suppliers, logistics and retailers'.Journal of Cleaner Production, 70, pp:231-241en
dc.identifier.issn0959-6526en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.02.026en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/579470en
dc.description.abstractMany companies around the world have started to realise that working alone will not be sufficient in their move towards a greener supply chain (SC). More specifically, recent UK government regulations on implementing strict CO2 reduction encourage SC operators to work collaboratively, in production and logistics and in other operations, to achieve their green objectives. In this research, we look at some underlying factors of SC collaboration, focussing on suppliers, logistics and retailers, for the purpose of improving the environmental sustainability of companies' SCs. To facilitate our study, we conduct case studies in two overseas supplier companies with the aim of providing a better understanding of how green issues imposed by European and UK customers influence the companies' actions to meet agreed environmental goals. Then, staff in middle-management and related roles in sixteen companies operating in the UK are interviewed to understand their business practices in achieving the goal of CO2 reduction. Finally, drawing upon the information from company reports and websites, a number of UK leading retailers' actions to reduce CO2 emissions are investigated. We develop a conceptual framework of three levels of SC collaboration for environmental sustainability to help companies improve their level of collaboration between suppliers and buyers in terms of meeting their environmental objectives. The proposed framework will serve as a base model for the companies using or considering SC collaboration to achieve their environmental agendas, in line with governmental green regulatory requirements.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S095965261400170Xen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Cleaner Productionen
dc.subjectsupply chainen
dc.subjectenvironmental sustainabilityen
dc.subjectCO2 emissionsen
dc.subjectcollaborationen
dc.subjectsupply chain collaborationen
dc.titleThe role of collaboration in the UK green supply chains: an exploratory study of the perspectives of suppliers, logistics and retailersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentNewcastle Universityen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Cleaner Productionen
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