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Sustainable Operations and Closed-Loop Supply Chains by Gilvan C. Souza

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Chapter 9

The Other “P” of Sustainability: People

Introduction

Much of the emphasis of the book has been on two of the Ps of sustainability: profit and planet. This chapter is dedicated to the other “P” of sustainability: people. We discuss some examples of firms that have considered their social impact when designing their operations and supply chains

In general, when a firm considers the environmental impacts of their operations, they are also considering the social impact, although perhaps indirectly:

Pollution prevention and waste reduction: A firm that pollutes less is contributing to the better health of the citizens in the communities where it operates. For example, lower emissions of SO2 decrease the intensity of acid rains, which ...

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