About this Blog

This blog is about Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM). Regular SCM could be defined as the “systemic, strategic coordination of the traditional business functions and the tactics across these business functions within a particular company and across businesses within the supply chain, for the purposes of improving the long-term performance of the individual companies and the supply chain as a whole”. Sustainability stretches the concept of SCM to look at optimising operations from a broader perspective since it encompasses the entire production system and post-production stewardship.

The global developments that create the urge for sustainability, will also have an impact on the global supply chains that have evolved over the past decades. As Friedman puts it, the world is “Hot, Flat, and Crowded“. Global supply chains need to become more sustainable. In my Blog, I will try to make the link between scientific research, my personal view and actual issues related to SSCM in order to gain attention and offer solutions for the dilemma’s that arise in making supply chains more sustainable.


  1. Nice blog Edwin and I appreciate your comment on a recent green supply chain post on http://www.valuestream2009.wordpress.com.

    With your permission, I would like to add you to my blog roll in the hopes that you may consider doing the same.

    Best- Dave Meyer

  2. Dear Edwin, I stumbled across your blog this morning, via LinkedIn, and found it very interesting. I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds, and feel that our interests are very close. My PhD focus concerns the creation of low carbon supply chains, and has three objectives, including:

    – Investigating the policy options available to government to encourage MNC’s to de-carbonise their supply chain.
    – Investigate and explore the business policy and strategy options available to MNC’s wishing to de-carbonise their supply chain.
    – And finally, establish the likely impacts of these policies and strategies on SME suppliers.

    I am currently focussing my efforts on the first objective and hope to produce a ‘Policy Briefing’ which would be used later in the research. I feel that you may be able to add to my research in several ways if you would be interested? I would welcome further discussions on both Sustainable Supply Chain Management, as well as your possible involvement. I look forward your thoughts.

    Tom Long

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