Today, one of the top priorities of an organization's modern corporate strategy is to portray itself as socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. As a focal point of sustainability initiatives, green supply chain management has emerged as a key strategy that can provide competitive advantages with significant parallel gains for company profitability. In designing green supply chain, the intent is the adoption of comprehensive and cross-business sustainability principles, from the product conception stage to the end-of-life stage. In this context, green initiatives relate to tangible and intangible corporate benefits. Sustainability reports from numerous companies reveal that greening their supply chains has helped reduce operating cost, thus boosting effectiveness and efficiency while increasing sustainability of the business.
Green Supply Chain Management provides a strategic overview of sustainable supply chain management, shedding light on the theoretical background and key principles of the topic. Specifically, this book covers various thematic areas including: benefits and impact of green supply chain management; enablers and barriers on supply chain operations; in-bound and out-bound logistics considerations, and production, packaging, and reverse logistics, under the notion of "greening". The ultimate aim of this textbook is to highlight the challenges in the implementation of green supply chain management in modern companies and to provide a road-map for decision making in real-life cases.
Combining chapter summaries and discussion questions, this book provides an accessible and student-friendly introduction to green supply change management and will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners in the fields of sustainable business and supply chain management.
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Charisios Achillas is a Professor at the Technical Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Department of Logistics. His work primarily focuses on the areas of environmental engineering, reverse logistics and sustainable development.
Dionysis D. Bochtis works in the area of Systems Engineering focused on bio-production, and related provision systems, with enhanced ICT and automation technologies up to fully robotized systems. He is a Professor in Agri-Robotics at University of Lincoln, UK, Institute for Agri-Food Technologies (LIAT).
Dimitrios Aidonis is a Professor at the Department of Logistics of the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece. His research interests focus on the area of Operations Management and his work deals mainly with Supply Chain, Reverse Logistics Management and Green Logistics.
Dimitris Folinas is a Professor at the Department of Logistics of the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece. His research interests and working experiences refer to logistics and supply chain management technologies and information systems.
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1. Green Supply Chain framework
2. From traditional supply chain to green supply chain
3. Enablers and barriers of green supply chain
4. Inbound logistics (Green Procurement)
5. Green production
6. Outbound logistics (Green Transportation and Distribution)
7. Green packaging
8. Reverse logistics
9. Decision making in green supply chain
10. Technologies of marketing and supply chain management synergies