NBS reviewed 25 years of reputable research across nearly 200 applied and academic studies to answer the question, "How can firms manage their global supply chains to manage risk and take advantage of opportunities?"
Managing Sustainable Global Supply Chains: A Systematic Review synthesizes the entire body of research on sustainable supply chains including reputable, peer-reviewed literature from both academia and practice. Inspired by ideas from the NBS Leadership Council, the review addresses the questions: How have supply chain risks and opportunities changed as a result of globalization? What does this mean for firms? And, how can firms navigate in this new complexity?
Models for Baseline Practices and Best Practices
The report develops a three step framework for managing competitive and sustainable global supply chains. It includes 'baseline practices' and 'best practices' models that underscore how firms of different sizes and stages in their sustainable supply chain journeys are taking steps to improve their impacts.
These frameworks identify how companies can move from a command-and-control, risk-motivated orientation by which suppliers are heavily screen, audited, and certified (or rejected), to an opportunities-motivated one in which companies focus on long-term relationships with high-fit partners - a focus that requires dialogue, consultation, and learning.
What's Included in the Report
The systematic review includes a mix of academic and practitioner literature on the supply chain sustainability, outlines how the research breaks down by industry and issue, and the identifies the most prevalent issues studied to date.
Who Should Read the Report
Primarily designed for researchers and academics, this report is also relevant to operational managers and executives looking to develop/improve supply chain sustainability.
- Managing Sustainable Global Supply Chains (framework and best practices): This report summarizes the research contained in the systematic review for executives, senior supply chain managers, purchasing managers, sustainability managers, and anyone involved in supply chain operations.
- Building Sustainable Global Supply Chains (PowerPoint presentation): Access findings, figures, and takeaways from the sustainable supply chains research. Plug and play for use in your own presentations and other non-commercial use.
- Reinforce the Supply Chain (section of makethecase.nbs.net): Make this your first stop as you draft your sustainable supply chain strategy or submit proposals to persuade senior management or your suppliers to embrace sustainability.
- 3 Steps to a Sustainable Supply Chain (infographic): Download this poster to help colleagues, senior management, partners, and your suppliers visualize and work towards supply chain sustainability.
- From Philanthropy to Prosperity: How One Coffee Project Strengthened a Supply Chain (case study): Learn how sustainability initiatives at Tim Hortons stabilized and enhanced their global supply chain operations.