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Shekarian, E., Ijadi, B., Zare, A., & Majava, J. (2022). Sustainable Supply Chain Management: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of Industrial Practices. Sustainability, 14(13), 7892.

Sustainable supply chain management : a comprehensive systematic review of industrial practices

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Author: Shekarian, Ehsan1,2,3; Ijadi, Behrang4; Zare, Amirreza5;
Organizations: 1European Shared Service Center, Rockwell Automation, 3065 WB Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
3Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5612 AE Eindhoven, The Netherlands
4Department of Accounting and Information Systems, School of Business, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
5School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Puebla 72453, Mexico
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-10-31


Sustainable business practices are those that allow companies to increase their profit while still considering the triple bottom line of sustainability, which involves economic, environmental, and social aspects. There are a lot of studies exploring various aspects of supply chain practices. However, there remains a gap for the proposal of a complete framework concerning various industries. This research fills this gap by studying existing empirical and review studies. Based on a content analysis of 86 studies, 789 practices are derived and categorized, leading to a comprehensive classification of sustainable practices in supply chains. Moreover, the employed methods to analyze the data are investigated. The practices are cross-checked versus the studied industries showing the current sustainable industries. The details of the studied papers are presented in a comprehensive table. The sustainable framework showing the industrial solutions toward sustainable supply chains is divided into 38 minor practices classified into 11 main categories. This paper provides a novel interpretation of the sustainable solutions addressed by different industries and presents a new and updated classification of the literature identifying future directions. This offers many advantages for practitioners and researchers to transform a supply chain into an improved version in the bigger picture.

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Series: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
ISSN-E: 2071-1050
ISSN-L: 2071-1050
Volume: 14
Issue: 13
Article number: 7892
DOI: 10.3390/su14137892
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This research was funded by the Academy of Finland, InStreams profiling (grant No. 326291).
Copyright information: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (