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.