Environmental and social supply chain management sustainability practices: construct development and measurement

Donna Marshall, Lucy McCarthy, Ciarán Heavey, Paul McGrath

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The purpose of this paper is to conceptualise and operationalise the concept of supply chain management sustainability practices. Based on a multi-stage procedure involving a literature review, expert Q-sort and pre-test process, pilot test and survey of 156 supply chain directors and managers in Ireland, we develop a multidimensional conceptualisation and measure of social and environmental supply chain management sustainability practices. The research findings show theoretically sound constructs based on four underlying sustainable supply chain management practices: monitoring, implementing systems, new product and process development and strategy redefinition. A two-factor model is then identified as the most reliable: comprising process-based and market-based practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-690
Number of pages18
JournalProduction Planning & Control
Issue number8
Early online date24 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • sustainable supply chain management
  • social sustainability
  • environmental sustainability
  • construct development

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