How to achieve sustainable procurement for “peripheral” products with significant environmental impacts
2015 (English)In: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, ISSN 1548-7733, Vol. 11, no 1, 21-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Departing from previous theoretical and empirical studies on sustainable supply-chain management, we investigate organizational commitment (drivers and motivations) and capabilities (resources, structures, and policy instruments) in sustainable procurement of “noncore” products. By focusing on chemicals in textiles, the article explores the activi-ties of differently sized organizations and discusses the potentials and limitations of sustainable procurement measures. The study is based on a qualitative and comparative approach, with empirical findings from 26 case stud-ies of Swedish public and private procurement organizations. These organizations operate in the sectors of hotels/ conference venues, transport, cinema, interior design, and hospitals/daycare. While this work demonstrates major challenges for buyers to take into account peripheral items in sustainable procurement, it also identifies constructive measures for moving forward. A general sustainability/environmental focus can, as an effect, spill over to areas per-ceived as peripheral. © 2014 Boström et al.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 21-31 p.
Business, Consumer protection, Environmental impact, Resource management, Social responsibility, Standards
Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
Research subject Environmental Studies; Baltic and East European studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27475ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84928992337Local ID: 1744/42/2008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-27475DiVA: diva2:812237
ProjectsChemicals in textiles: managing environmental and health risks from products with complex product chains” (CHEMTEX)
FunderThe Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1744/42/2008