The impact of supply management on environmental performance outcomes

Wendy L. Tate, Lisa M. Ellram, Craig Carter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Environmentally responsible manufacturing is concerned with minimizing the environmental impact of products from development to end-of-life disposal or remanufacture. Environmental pressures from customers, regulation, legislation and competition have made organizations more aware of the impact that products have on the natural environment. This study focuses on environmental concerns during the early stages of product design. We examine these concerns with a specific focus on the involvement of supply management personnel, inter-organizational supplier relationships and a determination of how environmental issues affect supplier selection and supply base management. The literature on environmental supplier and purchasing involvement in product development and environmental supplier selection criteria and codes of conduct is reviewed. Following this, secondary data from the websites of environmentally proactive organizations will be gathered to examine what type of tracking is used for suppliers. Finally, discussions with proactive organizations will be presented during the conference that explore the role of supply management personnel in capturing, measuring, quantifying and reporting on the environmental costs and benefits associated with its suppliers. This research provides insights into how the involvement of supply management can improve the environmental performance outcomes of an organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsS.M. Gupta
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventEnvironmentally Conscious Manufacturing IV - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Oct 26 2004Oct 27 2004


OtherEnvironmentally Conscious Manufacturing IV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


  • Environmental
  • Performance Outcomes
  • Supplier Selection
  • Supply Chain
  • Supply Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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