Supply Chain Management for Circular Economy in Latin America: RedES-CAR in Colombia

  • Bart van HoofEmail author
  • Juanita Duque-Hernández
Part of the Strategies for Sustainability book series (STSU)


This chapter describes a supply chain programme for the dissemination of circular economy strategies such as cleaner production and industrial symbiosis in an emerging market context. The Sustainable Enterprise Network methodology (RedES) included a triple helix partnership, sponsored by a regional environmental authority (Corporación Autónoma Regional de Cundinamarca, CAR), operated by Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM) together with four other universities to introduce circular economy strategies in 335 private companies. The RedES-CAR experience shows how supply chain models contribute to sustainability in environmentally and socially vulnerable contexts by enhancing dissemination and collaboration among a critical mass of companies, universities, and environmental authorities. The chapter highlights the RedES-CAR programme’s key features, benefits obtained by participating firms, and lessons learned, thus contributing to the understanding of methodologies to disseminate circular economy tools in supply chains in emerging markets.


Circular economy Cleaner production and industrial symbiosis dissemination Sustainable supply chains Systemic change Emerging markets Private–public partnerships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de los Andes School of ManagementBogotáColombia

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