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Green Supply Chains and Environmental Benchmarking - Implications for Emerging Economies

Special issue call for papers from Management of Environmental Quality

There has been an increasing concern among business enterprises regarding operations and process sequence, operations optimisation and process performances, about how to inculcate ecological and economic concerns and integrate people-friendly means in businesses with a green and or sustainability orientation (Song and Wang, 2017; Namagembe et al., 2018; Liu et al., 2018). One of the major initiatives taken by business enterprises to minimise the negative environmental effect of the supply chain activities is to implement a Green Supply Chain (GSC) (Jabbour et al., 2015; Ahi and Searcy, 2015).

From an organisational context, GSC implementation requires an understanding of four major functions - green inbound operation, green production operation, reverse logistic, and green outbound operations (Sarkis, 2012). GSC has been built upon two principles. First, the environmental impact of the product needs to be gauged to make ensure that externalities do not affect the surroundings. Second, the practicing managers need to maintain a balance between the environment issues and supply chain operations for higher environmental performance (Sindhi and Kumar, 2012; Raut et al., 2019).

The concept of GSC has been evolving rapidly (Mangla et al., 2015); business enterprises are still exploring the ways to include green concepts into their supply chain (Majumdar and Sinha, 2018). In line with this, practising managers in emerging economies lack understanding of how to adopt GSC practices for improving the quality of environment and sustainable business development from an operational perspective. Taking a holistic view, the concept of GSC is relatively unexplored in emerging economies in comparison to emerged economies (Jayaram and Avittathur, 2015; Gandhi et al., 2016). This calls for an urgent need to unlock the adoption of GSC for benchmarking environmental performance for business organisations in the context of emerging economies (Ahmed et al., 2018). Hence, this special issue of Management of Environmental Quality seeks to help emerging economies to further develop GSCs, and promises to improve environmental quality and help meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs #7, 12 and 13) from an operational context. 

This special issue invites scholars from management science, operations research, operations management, industrial management and strategic management professions to share their latest research knowledge and experience in developing and improving the performance of environment through GSCs in the emerging economies context, taking a holistic view. Relevant contributions (including conceptual/empirical/case studies/theoretical development papers) are welcome.

The scope of SI includes the below topics, but not limited to:

  • Regulatory standards, environmental cooperation/agreement and GSCs for environmental benchmarking;
  • Technology advancements in GSC for environmental benchmarking;
  • Drivers, challenges and probable measures/performance improvement indicators in GSCs for environmental benchmarking;
  • Lean, Green Product design, Six Sigma, Circular Economy, Reverse Logistics and environmental benchmarking;
  • GSCs flexibility and innovation and environmental benchmarking;
  • Application of statistical evaluation, decision making and optimisation models/simulations in GSC design and environmental benchmarking;
  • GSCs and its implications to sustainability, waste reduction, pollution control, and sustainable consumption and production pattern for environmental benchmarking;
  • People involvement and customer preferences for GSCs;
  • Green supplier selection for environmental benchmarking;
  • Risks evaluation in GSC for environmental benchmarking.

Submission Information

Authors should note that all articles submitted should be original and should not have been submitted anywhere else for consideration for publication. Please refer to the MEQ author guidelines when preparing your manuscripts.

Please submit your manuscripts via ScholarOne, ensuring you select the appropriate special issue: “Green Supply Chains and Environmental Benchmarking”. Alternatively, the interested author(s) may contact and discuss their potential submission with the Guest Editor.

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 30th November 2019
Scheduled Publication: August 2020

Guest Editor

Dr Sachin Kumar Mangla
Lecturer in Knowledge Management and Business Decision Making
Plymouth Business School
University of Plymouth
United Kingdom


Ahi, P., & Searcy, C. (2015). An analysis of metrics used to measure performance in green and sustainable supply chains. Journal of Cleaner Production, 86, 360-377.
Ahmed, W., Ahmed, W., & Najmi, A. (2018). Developing and analyzing framework for understanding the effects of GSCM on green and economic performance: Perspective of a developing country. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 29(4), 740-758.
Gandhi, S., Mangla, S. K., Kumar, P., & Kumar, D. (2016). A combined approach using AHP and DEMATEL for evaluating success factors in implementation of green supply chain management in Indian manufacturing industries. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 19(6), 537-561.
Jabbour, C. J. C., Jugend, D., de Sousa Jabbour, A. B. L., Gunasekaran, A., & Latan, H. (2015). Green product development and performance of Brazilian firms: measuring the role of human and technical aspects. Journal of Cleaner Production, 87, 442-451.
Jayaram, J., & Avittathur, B. (2015). Green supply chains: A perspective from an emerging economy. International Journal of Production Economics, 164, 234-244.
Liu, J., Feng, Y., Zhu, Q., & Sarkis, J. (2018). Green supply chain management and the circular economy: Reviewing theory for advancement of both fields. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (in press). DOI: 10.1108/IJPDLM-01-2017-0049.
Majumdar, A., & Sinha, S. (2018). Modeling the barriers of green supply chain management in small and medium enterprises: A case of Indian clothing industry. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 29(6), 1110-1122.
Mangla, S. K., Kumar, P., & Barua, M. K. (2015). Risk analysis in green supply chain using fuzzy AHP approach: A case study. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 104, 375-390.
Namagembe, S., Ryan, S., & Sridharan, R. (2019). Green supply chain practice adoption and firm performance: manufacturing SMEs in Uganda. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 30(1), 5-35.
Raut, R. D., Luthra, S., Narkhede, B. E., Mangla, S. K., Gardas, B. B., & Priyadarshinee, P. (2019). Examining the performance oriented indicators for implementing green management practices in the Indian agro sector. Journal of Cleaner Production.
Sarkis, J. (2012). A boundaries and flows perspective of green supply chain management. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 17(2), 202-216.
Sindhi, S., & Kumar, N. (2012). Corporate environmental responsibility–transitional and evolving. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 23(6), 640-657.
Song, M., & Wang, S. (2017). Participation in global value chain and green technology progress: evidence from big data of Chinese enterprises. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(2), 1648-1661.