Having established that the supply chain management function plays an increasingly important role in a financial sense, this chapter will ask whether its growing importance and increasingly strategic outlook can be matched by an equally striking contribution to environmental protection. Market-based environmental initiatives often focus on the consumer and advocate a form of green marketing (Peattie, 2001; Polonsky and Rosenberger, 2001), yet consumer spending is dwarfed by industrial buying. In the mid-1990s, UK consumers spent an estimated £400 billion annually, whereas purchasing by private-sector companies amounted to more than £ 750 billion1 (Green et al., 1996). A focus on corporate buying and supply chain management hence provides an important complement to an environmental protection perspective that centres around the green consumer.
KeywordsSupply Chain Supply Chain Management Total Quality Management Environmental Management System Green Supply
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