What is Green Supply Chain Integration (GSCI)?
GSCI is an approach to green supply chain management to be developed by this project. GSCI is defined as the strategic collaboration of partner firms in a supply chain to manage the operational and environmental impacts of supply chain activities by coordinating the intra- and inter-organizational processes.
What drives the needs for GSCI?
The participation of over 120 firms, including large multinationals in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative demonstrates how imperative it is for firms to reduce the environmental impacts of their global supply chains. Customers in many developed countries have started to accuse or boycott firms lacking environmental responsibility if their developing-country supply chain partners are convicted of causing environmental damage. Suppliers from especially South East Asia are increasingly being asked to comply with various new environmental legislation requirements (e.g., WEEE, RoHS) from their customers.
Many firms have begun to collaborate with their supply chain partners to coordinate environmental management. Such efforts are called environmental collaboration. However, prior research indicates that not all firms managed to achieve desirable outcome. This research argues that collaboration with suppliers and customers to manage environmental can be impaired by the lack of supply chain integration (SCI). GSCI is a novel concept when firms develop an approach to strategically integrate and collaboration with suppliers and customers to reduce environmental impacts and at the same time of their supply chain. By identifying effective GSCI practices, this research contributes to the efforts in reducing environmental impacts of global supply chains.
Who will benefit from this research?
GSCI is the strategic collaboration of partner firms in a supply chain to manage the operational and environmental impacts of supply chain activities by coordinating the intra- and inter-organizational processes. The research will provide new insights to business managers, supply chain managers and environmental policy makers and theoretical advancement for academic researchers.