Sustainability and CSR

The Sustainability and CSR track focuses on work that investigates (i) novel production and sourcing practices that elevate health and safety, reduce waste and pollution or even regenerate the natural environment, (ii) challenges and intended/unintended effects of implementing sustainable practices on firms and their supply networks, (iii) how organizations include social and environmental criteria in their strategic, tactical and operational decision making, and (iv) what contingencies at both firm and supply chain levels affect the willingness and ability of organizations to achieve progressively higher environmental and social performance over time. Academic papers that use all types of methodologies (e.g., analytical, behavioral, simulation, and qualitative) as well as conceptual papers are considered relevant for this track.

Key areas of interest within this track include (but are not limited to):

  • Innovative sustainable production practices;
  • Impact of labor diversity on productivity;
  • Forced labor in emerging/developing countries
  • Sustainable procurement practices;
  • Leveraging supplier relationship for sustainability/CSR;
  • Challenges and opportunities in closed loop supply chains;
  • New trends in circular economy
  • Industrial symbiosis practices and networks;
  • Life cycle assessment of products and businesses;
  • ESG disclosure, its antecedents and its impact on operations and supply chains;
  • Emerging technologies that facilitate supply chain sustainability
  • Impact of changing customer perspective on sustainability/CSR on firms’ production and sourcing decisions;
  • Policy makers’ perspective in improving firms’ sustainable practices;
  • The influence of NGOs and industry organizations on sustainable supply chains