Environmental Management Systems and Green Supply Chain Management: Complements for Sustainability?

Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 30-45, 2008

35 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007 Last revised: 19 Oct 2015

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Nicole Darnall

Arizona State University - College of Global Futures; School of Sustainability; Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative

G. Jason Jolley

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert Handfield

North Carolina State University - Department of Business Management

Abstract

Some researchers question the legitimacy of EMSs since organizations can claim to have one when in fact they make no attempt to reduce their environmental harms. In instances where EMSs enhance an organization's environmental performance, critics argue that improvements are likely to incur within the organization's operational boundaries rather than being extended throughout the supply chain. However, previous research suggests that the organizational capabilities required to adopt an EMS may facilitate GSCM implementation and the institutional pressures to adopt both management practices are similar. Consequently, EMS adopters may have a greater propensity to expand their focus beyond their organizational boundaries and utilize GSCM practices to minimize system-wide environmental impacts. This research illuminates the debate by empirically evaluating the relationship between EMS and GSCM practices.

Keywords: Environmental management systems, green supply chain management, sustainability, complementary capabilities, external pressures, environmental performance, supplier networks

JEL Classification: L21, L60, M14

Suggested Citation

Darnall, Nicole and Jolley, G. Jason and Handfield, Robert, Environmental Management Systems and Green Supply Chain Management: Complements for Sustainability?. Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 30-45, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1009392

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Robert Handfield

North Carolina State University - Department of Business Management ( email )

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