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Paper info: Networking towards environmental sustainability in green supply chains and networks: findings in sustainability reporting

Title


Networking towards environmental sustainability in green supply chains and networks: findings in sustainability reporting

Authors


Lisa Melander and
Viktoria Sundquist
Chalmers University of Technology
Sweden
Viktoria Sundquist

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 35th IMP-conference in Paris, France in 2019.

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Abstract


Sustainability reporting is gaining increasing importance and has become mandatory for firm’s exceeding 250 employees or a turnover over Euro 36 million. The majority of research in the field of sustainability and the greening of supply chains cover dyadic relationships between two business partners. The paper contributes to current research by applying an industrial network perspective on interaction covering the entire supply chain and the wider network in which the firms operate. The aim of the paper is to investigate firms’ efforts with regard to supplier interaction in greening their supply chains and improving their environmental sustainability. A framework in relation to networking that covers: behaviour in existing relationships; position as a combination of relationships; and intentional behaviour, is used to scrutinize this issue. Our findings show that networking via interaction is important in efforts of greening, aiming at influencing not only contracted suppliers but also the wider network through interaction directed towards the industry. In this interaction, extensive communication between actors are crucial to enable implementation of new initiatives. In addition, the support of the buying firm appears to be crucial to enable the transition towards environmental sustainability in supply chains and the wider networks. With regard to ‘who reports’, the study reveals that the focal firm’s position in the supply chain, ranging from raw material suppliers to the final consumers, affect the content of what is reported as environmentally sustainable efforts.