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Implementing Triple Bottom Line Sustainability into Global Supply Chains

Edited by Lydia Bals and Wendy Tate

The global sustainability challenge is urgent, tremendous and increasing. From an ecological perspective, the current worldwide resource footprint requires approximately 1.5 planets to sustain existing life, and with current usage would require two planets by 2030. The social impact of ever-growing resource use disproportionately affects the world’s poor – the 3 billion people living on less than $2.50 a day, as they struggle to acquire what is needed to survive. The serious ecological and social challenges we face in trying to establish global sustainable supply chains must not be underestimated, yet so far research has largely ignored the social dimension in favour of the environmental and economic.

So how can we develop business strategies that move away from a primary economic focus and give equal weight to people, planet and profit? How can we create sustainable supply chains that take a true triple-bottom-line approach?

Implementing Triple Bottom Line Sustainability into Global Supply Chains features innovative research, highlighting new cases, approaches and concepts in how to successfully implement sustainability – covering economic, ecological and social dimensions – into global supply chains. The four parts cover the rationale for sustainable global supply chains, key enablers, case studies showing clear implementation steps, and directions for future research and development.

This book is a must-read for any academic researching in sustainable supply chain management, procurement or business strategy, and for business leaders seeking cases that will inform a critical step forward for CSR programmes.

The new publication Implementing Triple Bottom Line Sustainability into Global Supply Chains by Lydia Bals and Wendy Tate is an excellent resource for practitioners, academics and policy makers and brings together some of the brightest minds in supply chain sustainability. This book captures the complexity and importance of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner.
With contributions by academics from across the globe, the UN and consultants, this is a significant and compelling book. The chapters guide the reader through the latest research, in-depth analysis, case studies, terminology development and ideas about the shared value chains and the circular economy, in order to guide our future thinking on sustainable supply chains.
The book examines triple-bottom line research and thinking and focuses mainly on the social element. This is a particularly relevant and timely development as the volume of work on environmental sustainability can overshadow the social dimension of sustainability, and in particular research relating to the poorest people across the world, sometimes referred to as the bottom of the pyramid.
We have many concepts and theories in supply chain management that can be of real help to managing sustainable development and sustainable supply chain management. This book is one of the first to bring together supply chain concepts and sustainable solutions.

Donna Marshall, PhD, Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin

This balanced book provides a unique series of insights into sustainable supply chain management. The book’s balance comes from selecting articles that address all elements of the triple bottom line, by acknowledging that win-win is not always possible, and by giving voice to perspectives that are often missing in the sustainability discourse. It is refreshing to see such a wide-ranging discussion on often-overlooked topics such as base of the pyramid stakeholders or the role of social enterprise in creating sustainable supply chains. Finally, the editors’ focus on acknowledging all of the flows in a chain while designing in sustainability seems much more likely to lead to the development of truly sustainable supply chains, than much of the profit-focused discourse to date. 

Mark Pagell, PhD, Chair in Global Leadership, Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Management, University College Dublin

Sustainability is a foundation for firms managing their supply chains. Professors Bals and Tate have assembled a relevant, thought-provoking, and much needed collection of current research and practice for better understanding of how organizations can develop sustainable supply chains that provide social, environmental, and economic benefits for firms and society.

George A. Zsidisin, PhD, CPSM, C.P.M. Professor of Supply Chain Management, Virginia Commonwealth University, Co-Editor Emeritus, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

1. The journey from triple bottom line (TBL) sustainable supply chains to TBL shared value chain design
Lydia Bals, University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany; Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Wendy L. Tate, University of Tennessee, USA 

2Are we really doing the “right thing”? 
Anne Touboulic, Cardiff University, UK
Ehimen Ejodame, Nigerian Air Force 

3.Supply chain resilience
Edgar Bellow, NEOMA Business School, France 

4. A mixed-methods analysis of the effect of global sustainable supply chain management on firm performance
Jean-Paul Meutcheho, Lawrence Technological University, USA 

5. Mapping networks and the influence on the natural environment
Lisa M. Ellram, Farmer School of Business, Miami University, USA
Wendy L. Tate , University of Tennessee, USA 

6. Integrating sustainability reporting into global supply chains in Asia and the Pacific
Masato Abe and Michelle Chee, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Thailand 

7. The sustainability blind spot
Nik C. Steinberg, Four Twenty Seven Climate Solutions

8. Evaluating supply chain networks by incorporating the triple dimensions of sustainability paradigm
Anthony Halog and Nga H. Nguyen, University of Queensland, Australia 

9. The valorization of social sustainability
Claire Moxham, University of Liverpool Management School, UK
Katri Kauppi, Aalto University, Finland 

10. The role of business schools in developing leaders for triple bottom line sustainability
Tim London, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa 

11. Sustainable supply chain in a social enterprise
Gloria Camacho, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Mario Vázquez-Maguirre, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico 

12. Sustainable procurement in social enterprises
Sreevas Sahasranamam, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Christopher Ball, Stirling Management School, UK 

13. Sustainable supply chain management and the role of trust at the base of the pyramid (BoP)
Sigfried Eisenmeier, Zeppelin University, Germany 

14. Addressing the triple bottom line
Emily Jervis, Joanne Meehan and Claire Moxham, University of Liverpool Management School, UK 

15. Value chain connectedness as a framework for sustainability governance
Mark Heuer, Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University, USA 

16. Sustainable bio-based supply chains in light of the Nagoya Protocol
Freedom-Kai Phillips, University of Ottawa, Canada 

17. Promoting socially responsible purchasing (SRP)
Simon Bartczek, Janjaap Semeijn and Lieven Quintens, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, The Netherlands

18. Sustainable business model and supply chain conceptions
Florian Lüdeke-Freund, University of Hamburg, Germany

19. A network perspective on the TBL in global supply chains
Lance W. Saunders, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Wendy L. Tate, University of Tennessee, USA
Joe Miemczyk, Audencia Nantes School of Management, France
George A. Zsidisin, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

LYDIA BALS is Professor of Supply Chain & Operations Management at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, Germany. WENDY TATE is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee.

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