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The impact of supply management on environmental performance outcomes
Author(s): Wendy L. Tate; Lisa M. Ellram; Craig R. Carter
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Paper Abstract

Environmentally responsible manufacturing is concerned with minimizing the environmental impact of products from development to end-of-life disposal or remanufacture. Environmental pressures from customers, regulation, legislation and competition have made organizations more aware of the impact that products have on the natural environment. This study focuses on environmental concerns during the early stages of product design. We examine these concerns with a specific focus on the involvement of supply management personnel, inter-organizational supplier relationships and a determination of how environmental issues affect supplier selection and supply base management. The literature on environmental supplier and purchasing involvement in product development and environmental supplier selection criteria and codes of conduct is reviewed. Following this, secondary data from the websites of environmentally proactive organizations will be gathered to examine what type of tracking is used for suppliers. Finally, discussions with proactive organizations will be presented during the conference that explore the role of supply management personnel in capturing, measuring, quantifying and reporting on the environmental costs and benefits associated with its suppliers. This research provides insights into how the involvement of supply management can improve the environmental performance outcomes of an organization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5583, Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing IV, (8 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.569627
Show Author Affiliations
Wendy L. Tate, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Lisa M. Ellram, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Craig R. Carter, Univ. of Nevada (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5583:
Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing IV
Surendra M. Gupta, Editor(s)

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