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Sustainable supply chains

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Jo Jones
Senior Publisher

“There is a global movement towards greater supply chain sustainability, but there are many challenges to overcome. Your research plays a key role in the development of supply chain management initiatives that will help industries meet their ambitious sustainability targets.”

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What are some of the common challenges being faced by researchers and practitioners around the world?

We know that in such a fast-moving field, it’s crucial to understand the issues researchers and businesses alike are facing in support of the goal of building sustainable supply chains. Earlier this year, we got in touch to ask you about the challenges you are facing as researchers in the field – and at the same time Professor Jan Godsell (University of Warwick) with EurOMA got in touch with industry professionals to ask about challenges from their perspective.

Last month, publisher Jo Jones met up with Professor Godsell to compare notes – find out what challenges in particular stood out in this video!


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In the community

We were also delighted to have the opportunity to attend the 'Ideas in Practice' Supply Chain Summit 2019 on 6 November, centred around the theme of 'Digital Technologies for Supply Chain Innovation'. The 2019 Summit examined how digital technologies such as blockchain and robotics are implemented to achieve innovation in supply chains.

You can view the closing panel “Transitions and skills/society” chaired by Chee Yew Wong and featuring Wendy Lawson-Shanks (Global Head of Advisory Services, IACCM), Matthew Kirk (Squire Patton Boggs), and Bhavina Bharkhada (Make UK) shortly here – check back soon to watch the video!


Spotlight: what challenges did McDonald’s face in setting up sustainable supply chains?

Bob Langert, former McDonald’s executive, led McDonald’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability efforts for more than twenty-five years before retiring in 2015. In his book The Battle to Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey, he gives a first-hand account of how the company embarked on a decades-long battle to address challenges, including establishing sustainable supply chains.

You can read an excerpt here, the full chapter for a limited time here, and find out more about the book on the Emerald Bookstore below.


We’re already working with your research in sustainable supply chains…

We’re looking to build on the amount of meaningful research we publish in the field of sustainable supply chains and would love to hear more about your current research in the area. We have a number of routes to publication: journals, books, cases and Emerald Reach, our Open Access programme.

Get in touch with publisher Jo Jones to discuss further: [email protected]

Together for sustainable supply

The challenge of creating sustainable supply chains cannot be undertaken alone. There are truly brilliant organisations around the world dedicated to supporting this mission, and we’ve listed a few of them below to help connect people together to bring the latest research to practice, along with a few recent blogs, videos and podcasts below that caught our eye!

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Societies & associations

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Recent books in the field of Sustainable Supply Chains

Best Practices in Green Supply Chain Management: A Developing Country Perspective

Best Practices in Green Supply Chain Management: A Developing Country Perspective

The Battle to Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey

The Battle to Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey

Unmaking Waste in Production and Consumption: Towards The Circular Economy

Unmaking Waste in Production and Consumption: Towards The Circular Economy