Sustainable supply chain management: contributions of supplies markets

Cristino Alberto Gómez-Luciano; Félix Rafael Rondón Domínguez; Fernando González-Andrés; Beatriz Urbano López de Meneses
Journal of Cleaner Production

The current sustainability concern is causing the food supply chain to extend their focus beyond traditional economic goals to the triple bottom line approach. This paper argues for the implementation of a glocal sustainable supply chain (GSSC) in developing countries. The literature has identified antecedents and drivers for the adoption of sustainable supply chain management. However, there is relatively little research on methodological and empirical approaches that take into account the dynamic nature of developing countries and bridge the existing global/local divide. To address this gap, this paper first reviews the theoretical foundation and literature as well as the link between the sustainability of the supply chain and glocalisation; second, the supply chain is analysed and its performance according to sustainable indicators is outlined with regards to the relevance for developing economies, which proposes the GSSC model; third, the model is validated in the Dominican Republic supplies market chain and finally it illustrates the contributions of the supplies market chain to GSSC. Results show that the supplies market contributes to GSSC in multiple ways: i) with increasing flow of information and food safety; ii) by improving the coordination among supply chain members and eliminating intermediaries; and iii) by reducing food miles and closing the supply loop. This study develops a GSSC model for the sustainable management of the supply chain in developing countries and provides empirical research on the contribution of Santo Domingo supply market to GSSC. The paper contributes to a deeper theoretical and empirical research on the sustainable management of the supply chain in developing countries through the lens of glocalisation. This research encourages managers and policymakers to regulate the food supply chain performance without harming the environment while meeting social expectations. The paper concludes with limitations and further research directions within practical and theoretical implications.

Keywords: Fair consumption; Information flows; Integration; Sustainability indicators; Value chain analysis 

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