Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM): Challenges in the XXI Century


This special issue of RAUSP Management Journal encourages new thinking about how Management Research addresses the numerous critical issues related to sustainable supply chain management (SSCM).

The construct of SSCM is primarily centred on the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) perspective, which establishes that economic, social, and environmental considerations are interconnected and equally important when making decisions (Elkington, 2002). We understand sustainability as a path with no return, in which new and innovative shaping solutions represent a grand challenge for companies (Silva, Sereno, Sobral, 2018). At the same time to a great opportunity to move the frontier of science from the ongoing dynamics we witness (Visser, 2015). In the last 20 years, SSCM has received significant attention within the literature (Carter et al., 2020; Silvestre, 2015), giving rise to several theoretical advancements on how supply chain players can collaborate and learn to advance sustainability in supply chain systems (Jia, Gong, and Brown, 2019; Silvestre et al., 2020).

However, as the literature emerged, the barriers to the implementation of sustainable supply chains proved to be quite challenging and complex including issues such as capitalist consumption patterns and waste (Thogersen, 2022, Govindan, 2018), greenhouse gas emissions associated with globalised supply chains in search of cost reductions (Marchi et al., 2019), modern slavery (Gold, Trautrims, Trodd, 2015), conflict minerals (Hofmann, Schleper, Blome, 2018), and supply chain corruption (Silvestre, Viana, Sousa Monteiro, 2020). These issues widen the gap between theoretical developments and the practice of supply chain management. 

To help close this gap, we invite empirical papers that target supply chain environmental and social issues in any sector and contribute to the development of the theory and practice of SSCM (Touboulic et al., 2020). More specifically, we look for papers that explore how supply chains can truly incorporate sustainability into their processes, including submissions on the following emerging themes: transition toward sustainability (Geels, 2019), supply chain resilience (Kochan and Nowicki, 2018), circular and collaborative economy (Vazquez et al., 2022; Piao et al., 2021) in the territories (Belmonte-Ureña et al., 2021; Orengo Serra and Sanchez-Jauregui, 2022), green certifications (Lissillour, 2022), technology-driven supply chains (Lissillour and Ruel, 2022), and ethics (Nunes et al., 2020) in order to move towards the sustainability of systems that will allow us to resolve these grand social and environmental challenges we face in the 21st century (Silvestre, 2019).


Important Dates: 

Open date for submissions 

April 06th 2023

Author submission deadline 

September 30th 2023

Approximative acceptance date 

February 28th 2024

Submission Information: 

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For further information, please contact the Guest Editors: 

Dr. Vivian Lara Silva (University of São Paulo/USP, Brazil) [email protected]

Dr. Bruno Silvestre (Asper School of Business, Canada) [email protected]

Dr. Dominique Bonet Fernandez (IPAG Business School, France) [email protected]

Dr. Ticiano Costa Jordão (Czech Technical University, Czech Republic) [email protected]