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How to achieve sustainable procurement for “peripheral” products with significant environmental impacts
Örebro University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7215-2623
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8536-373X
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
2015 (English)In: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, ISSN 1548-7733, Vol. 11, no 1, 21-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 21-31 p.
Keyword [en]
Business, Consumer protection, Environmental impact, Resource management, Social responsibility, Standards
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Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Environmental Studies; Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27475ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84928992337Local ID: 1744/42/2008OAI: diva2:812237
Chemicals in textiles: managing environmental and health risks from products with complex product chains” (CHEMTEX)
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1744/42/2008
Available from: 2015-05-18 Created: 2015-05-18 Last updated: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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