RUNALA JAGGERNATH AND ZAFFAR KHAN, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Purpose: Misconception of issues surrounding green supply chain management (GSCM), as well as a paucity of relevant information on the tangible benefits of GSCM practices in organizations was justification for this literature review.
Design/methodology/approach: The study has been conducted by analyzing and critiquing secondary data obtained from numerous sources of similar subject. The research topic has been examined in detail.
Findings: The outcomes provide an overview of what GSCM practices entail, strategies successful companies have used to incorporate GSCM practices within their organizations and its impact on the industry.
Research limitations/implications: The research conducted in this study is limited to one country, i.e. Canada, and as such further research should be carried out by incorporating a larger array of participants so as to obtain a more generalized conclusion.
Practical implications: The study contributes to an understanding of the importance of GSCM practices on not only the economic success of a business, but the positive effects on the environment. The results will help in the reduction in emissions of Carbon Dioxide and other Green House Gases (GHGs), thus impacting on climate change.
Originality/value: Despite increasing awareness, the implementation of GSCM techniques continue to be deterred by lack of government initiatives and commitment of companies involved in the supply chain. Unless it is given precedence, the benefits of GSCM will continue to elude us. This study provides an opportunity to study a model which has met with critical success, rejuvenate it and consequently mandate its adoption in efforts to attain sustainability.
Keywords: GSCM, SCM, green supply chain management, supply chain management, environment, Green House Gases (GHGs), sustainability, sustainable development, reverse logistic.