Managing sustainable and global supply chains
About the Project
CBOS’ has done extensive work in the area of Sustainable Supply-Chain Management (SSCM) and has built links with over 300 companies across the world, including Italy, China, Germany and India. Our expertise stems from active engagement with practitioners in the field of supply-chain and purchasing.
‘Sustainability’ is not just a buzz word but increasingly, a corporate objective and supply-chain strategy. Increased consumer awareness and media scrutiny means the supply chain function is now more visible and important than ever. It is also widely recognized that socially and environmentally responsible supply chain management can significantly improve both corporate and operational performance and productivity. However, whilst sustainable supply-chain objectives are becoming more important, the emphasis on value for money, risk, delivery times and flexibility is not diminishing. This means that buyers face increasingly stringent confines within which to make their purchasing decision, and these pressures are passed onto the supplier. So, the question becomes, how is the supplier supposed to prioritise between competing demands from buyers whilst managing risk and staying in business?
This project will focus on the way in which manufacturing suppliers prioritise environmental/sustainability activities in response to buyer demands. The project builds on a stream of earlier funded research by the applicants, which has focused on buyer behavior in international supply chains sustainable supply chains in the UK and the policy practice gap in sustainable procurement.