Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 2017


Sustainability, Supply Chain, Triple Bottom Line, Globalization, Best Practices


Increasing stakeholder concerns about sustainability have recently led businesses to consider environmental, economic, and social issues in supply chain management. This three-component approach to sustainability is known as the “triple bottom line.” The triple bottom line was developed in the 1990s with the intention of providing a framework for evaluating organizational economics along with social and environmental impacts. Climate change and resource depletion necessitate improvements to the sustainability of the current global supply chain to avoid the planet becoming unable to meet the needs of future generations. This paper uses the triple bottom line to examine the current sustainability of the global supply chain, which is defined here as an amalgamation of all existing supply chains. A brief history of supply chain sustainability, consideration of globalization’s impact, and discussion of current approaches towards sustainability support analysis of the current impacts of the supply chain. Methods for increasing supply chain sustainability are developed through analysis of existing research and a case study of British Aerospace Systems. The impacts of fully integrating sustainability into business processes and viewing sustainability as an opportunity for innovation are emphasized in the recommendations. Finally, the future of supply chain sustainability then is addressed.


Decision Sciences

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Business logistics--Case studies; Sustainable development--Case studies


student projects; term papers




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