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Public Sector Supply Chain Management: A Triple Helix Approach to Aligning Innovative Environmental Initiatives

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posted on 2022-03-10, 16:00 authored by Azley Abd Razak, Martyn Rowling, Gareth White, Rachel Mason-JonesRachel Mason-Jones
This paper argues that in order to deliver greater levels of sustainable performance, environmental strategy should be addressed at the supply chain level and not just at the level of the individual organisation. It demonstrates the similarities between the environmental statements of companies in both the private and public sectors and proposes that public sector organisations, by virtue of their considerable spend with private sector organisations, are in a powerful position to encourage and support environmental initiatives throughout their supply chains. Drawing upon Triple Helix Theory the paper discusses theimportance of unifying the efforts of government, industry and academia in order to identify and operationalise innovative thinking in economies. It explores the roles of public and private sector organisations along with universities in developing environmental strategies and practices within supply chains. Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are discussed and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is identified as a potential mechanism for structuring and reporting the collaborative environmental improvement performance of supply chains.


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Abd Razak A., Rowling M., White G., Mason-Jones R. (2016) Public Sector Supply Chain Management: A Triple Helix Approach to Aligning Innovative Environmental Initiatives. Foresight and STI Governance, vol. 10, no 1, pp. 43–52. DOI: 10.17323/1995-459x.2016.1.43.52

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Rachel Mason-Jones

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