Social sustainability and supply chain management: Methods and tools

TitleSocial sustainability and supply chain management: Methods and tools
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsD'Eusanio, M., Zamagni A., and Petti L.
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
KeywordsCompetition, decision making, Economic and social effects, life cycle, Life cycle thinking, Social assessment, Social performance, Social sustainability, Supply chain management, Sustainable development, Toolbox

Nowadays, organisations need to be socially responsible by assessing their social impacts and/or performances and those of their supply chain actors in order to achieve competitive advantages. In this perspective, they should be aware of the different available methods and tools that can be used to take socially responsible decisions. The aim of this study is to provide a useful toolbox within Supply Chain Management in order to help decision makers to assess systematically the social sustainability of organisations. For this reason, an analysis of existing methods and tools was performed by following the “Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines” (PRISMA). A combination of the emerged methods and tools within the SCM is desirable in order to obtain a common vision amongst the social sustainability actors of the organisation and its supply chain. Furthermore, the results draw attention to the need for further development towards social assessment approaches in terms of Life Cycle Thinking. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd


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