Supply Chain Management and Business Sustainability Synergy: A Theoretical and Integrated Perspective

17 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2018

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Zabihollah Rezaee

University of Memphis - School of Accountancy

Date Written: January 22, 2018


Global business organizations face the challenges of adapting proper sustainability strategies and practices to effectively respond to social, ethical, environmental, and governance issues while improving financial performance in creating value for their shareholders. Business sustainability enables the integration of financial economic sustainability performance and non-financial environmental, social, ethical, and governance sustainability performance dimensions into the corporate culture, supply chain management and business models in creating shared value for all stakeholders. Business literature has provided mixed evidence of the tension, and possible link, between financial and non-financial sustainability performance dimensions and sustainability theories have yet to sufficiently address this tension. This paper attempts to fill this void by shedding light on the link between various dimensions of sustainability performance, their integrated effect on creating shared value for all stakeholders and their implications for supply chain sustainability. This paper examines the synergy between business sustainability and supply chain management by presenting a framework consisting of sustainability theories, sustainability performance dimensions, sustainability shared value concept, and sustainability best practices. Companies can use the suggested framework in integrating both financial and non-financial sustainability initiatives into their supply chain sustainability from production design, purchasing and inbound logistics, and manufacturing process to distribution and outbound logistics.

Keywords: sustainability, performance, managerial decision-making, business activities, supply chain sustainability

Suggested Citation

Rezaee, Zabihollah, Supply Chain Management and Business Sustainability Synergy: A Theoretical and Integrated Perspective (January 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Zabihollah Rezaee (Contact Author)

University of Memphis - School of Accountancy ( email )

Fogelman College of Business and Economics
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United States
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