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Supply Chain Ethics

Supply Chain Ethics

Using CSR and Sustainability to Create Competitive Advantage

John Manners-Bell

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About the book

It is increasingly clear that traditional supply chains which focus on sourcing products from the lowest possible cost suppliers are failing to exploit their full potential. Supply Chain Ethics, through case studies, surveys and unique research, identifies and outlines best practice employed by global manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies. It examines the so-called 'triple advantage' that accrues to businesses when strategies that combine bottom line profits, sustainable environmental practices and positive societal impact are employed. Narrow supply chain strategies which focus on only one of these three factors will inevitably fail.

Supply Chain Ethics covers the following issues which affect senior supply chain, operations and manufacturing managers: 'triple advantage' best practice and how it can create value for global businesses; product design; sourcing and warehousing; transportation and recycling; environmental practices of logistics companies and suppliers; supply chain technologies. There is also an invaluable Ethical Supply Chains survey of top global companies.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: New Thinking and Business Models;
    • Chapter - 01: Profit, People and Planet – The Triple Advantage;
    • Chapter - 02: Supply Chains in the ‘Circular Economy’;
    • Chapter - 03: The Role of Supply Chain Technologies;
    • Chapter - 04: Sustainable Supply Chains Survey;
  • Section - TWO: Public Policy and Industry Response;
    • Chapter - 05: Government Policy and Industry Response to Climate Change;
    • Chapter - 06: Implementing a CSR Strategy;
    • Chapter - 07: Sustainable Warehousing and Distribution;
    • Chapter - 08: Sustainable Packaging Initiatives;
    • Chapter - 09: Global or Local? The Ethical Debate;
  • Section - THREE: Ethical Issues in the Supply Chain;
    • Chapter - 10: Societal and Environmental Supply Chain Responsibility;
    • Chapter - 11: Ethics in the Supply Chain – Societal Impact;
    • Chapter - 12: Ethical Supplier Relationships;
    • Chapter - 13: Treatment of Workers in the Modern Logistics Sector


The author provides an in-depth analysis of the ethical challenges along the global supply and value chain and highlights best practices which help governments and corporates to find shortcuts towards a more ethical and sustainable world of business and society.
Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum and Author of 'The Global Supply Chain: How Technology and Circular Thinking Transform our Future'

In this very accessible book, John Manners-Bell threads together numerous dimensions of the supply chain and demonstrates how embracing the complexity of 'people, planet and profit' is the only way to operate now, and increasingly so in the future. His analysis of the implications of this approach shows how there are no longer binary choices to be made, but balances to be struck across ends, ways and means from the board level down to the operating level.
Robert Palfrey, Managing Director, Minerva Social Risk Management

With an overwhelming wealth of examples across industries and regions, Manners-Bell demonstrates how ethics in supply chains go far beyond reducing our carbon footprint to harnessing new value from systemic transformation, from product design to waste disposal. A must-read for any leader seeking success in a low-carbon future.
Gwyneth Fries, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749479459
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd March 2017
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x160
  • 296 pages

About the Author

John Manners-Bell is Founder and CEO of Transport Intelligence Ltd, Bath, UK, which since 2002 has developed a market-leading position in the provision of market research to a range of blue chip customers and governmental organisations. He is former Chair of the Logistics and Supply Chain Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, attending meetings in the UAE, China and South Africa as well as speaking and moderating at the annual Davos meeting. He is regularly quoted in the trade and national press (FT, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Economist) and has spoken at conferences worldwide.

John Manners-Bell

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