Title: Best Practice Application of LCM by Retailers to Improve Product Supply Chain Sustainability
Authors: STYLES DAVIDSCHOENBERGER HaraldGALVEZ MARTOS JOSE LUIS
Publisher: Springer
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC67034
ISBN: 978-94-007-1898-2
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/k3l4q42631668k5v/
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67034
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1899-9_21
Type: Articles in books
Abstract: Retailers are strategically positioned to leverage environmental improvement across product supply chains. This paper condenses retailer best practice into a proposed framework for systematic supply chain improvement based on eight Best Environmental Management Practice (BEMP) techniques. Third party product environmental certification is the preferred mechanism of improvement owing to transparency and credibility advantages, followed by use of retailer-defined environmental requirements, and implementation of supplier improvement programmes based on benchmarking and dissemination of better management practices. A BEMP to encourage consumption of front-runner ecological products is defined based on use of front-runner ecolabels. The performance of front-runner retailers is used to derive benchmarks of excellence for each technique, primarily expressed as sales shares of improved products within priority product groups. Lifecycle management underpins best practice.
JRC Institute:Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

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