supply chain involves suppliers, manufacturer, warehouse, retailers and finally
customers. Due to existence of superior alternatives, today customers are more
demanding, looking for wide variety of products at shortest possible delivery
time, even willing to configure the product to their specifications. This has
brought the shift from passive acceptance of customer to active involvement in
the design and delivery of products and services. The exceptions of earlier
supply chain like desired product delivered in right quantity to the right
location in time, damaged free and correctly invoiced are reality of today.
Traditionally the focus of supply chain network is economic benefit i.e. cost
minimization or profit maximization.


theory is changing from economic value to market value to Importance. Increased
pressure on cost and globalization of supply chain have further complicated the
supply chain. These have brought tremendous changes in the traditional supply
chain. The supply chain has become an integral part of strategic management
with most of the companies and even considered as competing strategy.


today’s environment, the concept of integrated supply chain is widely used by
large enterprises. Still in classic supply chain, the concept of environment or
TBL (Triple bottom line) is not considered. It will be pertinent to mention
here that organizations are also looking at CSR initiatives as part of their
larger responsibility towards society. CSR activities focuses more on business
ethics, local employment and local concerns whereas green supply chain
management focus on environmental issues. Shell Puget was fined in US for
non-compliance of environmental regulations1. This indicates that
legal framework is tightening noose around the companies for violations in
regard to environment. There are many more1 alike examples.


manufacturing industries are seen as culprits for damaging the environment. Beamon
, (1999) have mentioned in his study that to achieve sustainability huge
reductions in waste generation is needed and need for change in concept of
product disposal. The greening of supply chain involves the consideration of
environment. The increasing customer awareness about environment, legal
framework and pressures from stakeholders (consumers, government regulatory
bodies, competitors, non-profit or non-government organizations, investors,
employees, shareholders, etc.) have forced the organizations to think of Green
supply chain. Thinking Green has become buzz word in today’s corporate world. In
1997, Kyoto protocol was adopted by both developed and developing countries to
reduce the CO2 emission (Greenhouse gas).


concept of green supply chain applies to product or services through entire
product life cycle. The products designed , manufactured or processed must
follow the regulations to meet environmental standards for design, development,
distribution, use, disposal or recycling. 
The all-inclusive approach includes reducing energy, water consumption
and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing use of renewable energies, Augmenting
appropriate waste management and teaching of employees. The growing awareness
about the conservation of environment is partly attributed to media also. The
consumers in the developed countries are more concerned about the environmental
friendly products. The biggest challenge of the green supply is to integrate
the suppliers and customers in a collaborative way.


Green supply chain is defined as process where all the impacts of products and
process considered for entire life cycle.. We can define green supply chain
management (GSCM) as management practice which considers the impact of
environment in its existing supply chain, use of resources efficiently,
elimination or minimization of waste ( energy, water, air, hazardous materials)
and reverse logistics. Sustainable supply chain includes forward supply chain
and closed loop supply chain including reverse logistics, remanufacturing, and
product recovery.


supply chain management is now-a-days a part of strategic management at board
level of many companies. European automotive companies like BMW Group,
Volkswagen, PSA Peugeot, Ford, Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, Scania, Daimler and
Toyota have already formed the automotive working group on supply chain
sustainability. They are working on common guiding principles for
sustainability. There is no conclusive evidence or empirical evidence available
which states that GSCM practices have positively impact the profitability of
the organization.



has been enough literature which discuss about enablers, barriers, motivations,
advantages. supplier selection, supplier integration , inter or intra
organizational capabilities or integration of suppliers etc. in entire supply
chain. During literature review, it was observed that the words like Green
supply chain management (GSCM) or sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) or
sustainable green supply chain management (SGSCM) has been interchangeably

discussions have started about performance measurement of Sustainable supply

paper focuses on identifying the performance parameters for SSCM.


Literature review

organizations are still in very nascent stage of establishing the links between
GSCM or SSCM and their impact on overall performance management. The companies
need to develop the capabilities to measure the performance of their
Sustainable operations. The environmental criteria’s in SCM are increasingly
becoming important for competitive advantage and for business performance. The
main questions for researchers and organizations are 1) which criteria’s to be
measured, 2) do the organizations have capabilities to measure, 3) to establish
linkages between environmental criteria’s and business performance. 

the literature review, literature was selected based on various regions

1.      Mexico:  The free trade agreement between North American
countries (USA, Canada, and Mexico) came into existence in January 1994. Wisner
et al, (2005) conducted study on the impact of NAFTA (North American Free Trade
Agreement) on environmental responsiveness and performance by Mexican industry.
They conducted structured in-depth interview with 236 Mexican companies and
then applied Log logit method modelling. They concluded that the regulatory
influence and market pressure have positive impact on environmental performance
of Mexican Industry.

2.      Canada:
Moralli et al (2013) conducted the study on extent of integration of
Sustainability principles into Supply Chain management and evaluation of
supplier performance. They used content analysis for 100 Canadian companies and
in-depth interviews with 18 experts. They concluded that integration of
sustainability principles on supply chain management is increasing. Tajbakhsh
et al (2014) conducted the study on KPI for entire sustainable supply chain and
concluded performance of SSCM should be evaluated across the chain and
suggested the comprehensive framework.

3.      USA: Beamon,(1999)
conducted a study to analyse the current state of environment in USA and
integration of environment into traditional supply chain management. He
suggested new performance parameters for SSCM and concluded that profitability
can be increased by reducing the liability risks due to environment hazards.

4.      Germany:
Julia Wolf, (2011) conducted a study on to provide a coherent and testable
model of sustainable supply chain management integration (SSCMI). They used
grounded theory concept for building the conceptual model and thereafter
developed cross case analysis from single case to generalize the results. They
concluded the integration of SSCM across the supply chain will give better sustainability
performance results.

5.       Taiwan:
Lo,(2013) conducted the study to establish the relationship between
uncertainties and the motivations for implementing GSCM depending upon the
position in supply chain. They conducted the in-depth interviews with 12
Taiwanese companies and secondary data was used from various sources (e.g.
company’s website). They developed the single cases and then made cross case

6.      South East Asia (SEA)-Rao
et all (2005) conducted the study on establishing link between Greening of
supply chain and their impact on environmental and economic performance. They
conducted in-depth interviews and then use the Linear SEM approach. They
concluded that greening of supply chain has positive impact on economic
performance and competitiveness and proposed a theoretical framework.

7.      Varsei,
(2014) conducted a study in identifying and analyzing drivers and barriers for
SSCM. They suggested a theoretical / conceptual framework sustainable supply
chain development and KPI for performance management of SSCM. Their approach
was based on literature review and four organization theories (e.g. RBV,
Institutional, Stakeholder and Social network)

8.      Iran:
Govindan et l (2015) conducted a study on establishing interrelationship and
interdependence between GSCM drivers and performance indicators. They used the
integrated intuitionistic DEMATEL approach to develop a comprehensive list,
followed by a case study in automobile company located in Iran. They concluded
that internal management support, green purchasing and ISO 14001 Certification
are the most important criteria’s for GSCM.

9.      India:
Mitra, (2013) conducted a study on implementation of GSCM in India. They
conducted questionnaire based survey and in-depth interview with 232 Indian
manufacturing companies and then analyzed the data with SEM approach. They
concluded that pro-active collaboration with suppliers supports environmentally
sustainable product design and logistics which improves the economic
performance and competitiveness. Dubey et al (2017) conducted the study or
understanding the impact of institutional pressures on sustainable performance
management and the role of organization culture on Institutional pressure. They
conducted questionnaire based survey of 277 respondents from Indian industries
and concluded that there is positive relation between them. Mani.V et al (2015)
conducted a study on understanding the different dimensions of “Social”
sustainability in Indian Manufacturing companies. This study is based on
comparative case and they concluded that the majority of social dimension in
Indian Manufacturing companies revolve around equity, child labour, bonded
labour, education, wages, ethics and philanthropy despite of many similarities or/
and differences. Mani et al(2017) conducted a study to identify the dimensions
of social sustainability. This study is based on in-depth interviews with 27 Indian
manufacturing companies and hypotheses testing with SEM model. They concluded
that 18 measures categorized under five dimensions namely Labor rights, safety
and health, societal responsibility, diversity and product responsibility are
playing vital role and have positive relation to sustainability performance.



Based on the literature
review, it was identified that various conceptual and theoretical models using
various statistical techniques (e.g. questionnaire based, survey based or SEM
or Fuzzy DEMAETEL or theory based (RBV, Institutional theory, Contingency
Theory, Grounded theory etc have been proposed in most of the studies. It has
been mentioned that

Organizational performance (economic
performance, sustainability performance, social performance) is improved or
directly related with implementation of practices of Green Supply Chain,

There are mediation effects of enablers of
GSCM on organizational performance.

Pull effect is more effective than push

There is no single study has been
conducted which shows that Profitability or market share of organization has
actually been impacted (increased) through product innovation e.g. Electric
vehicle, light weight vehicle) or there are gains in terms of improved
corporate image. Focus of future studies should be to establish the impact of
adoption of GSCM or SSCM practices on profitability of organization empirically.


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