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Sourcing to Support the Green Initiative by Lisa Ellram, Wendy Tate

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CHAPTER 3

What Are Some Key Concepts in Understanding Green Sourcing and Its Impacts?

Introduction

There is a continuum of depth in the way that organizations can view sourcing for the green initiative. This includes a very basic perspective: from buying products that are made from recycled materials, to conceiving and designing them holistically, and integrating all aspects of environmental impacts over them in their lifecycles. The impact of the items the supplier provides to an organization has implications for the way in which a supplier relationship should be managed, at what stage of the product/service development process a supplier should become involved, and the ongoing relationship with the supplier. In light of this, this chapter opens ...

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