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Public Sector Supply Chain Management: A Triple Helix Approach to Aligning Innovative Environmental Initiatives


  • Azley Abd Razak
  • Martyn Rowling
  • Gareth White
  • Rachel Mason-Jones

    (University of South Wales)


This paper argues that in order to deliver greater levels of sustainable performance, environmental strategy should be addressed at the supply chain level and not just at the level of the individual organisation. It demonstrates the similarities between the environmental statements of companies in both the private and public sectors and proposes that public sector organisations, by virtue of their considerable spend with private sector organisations, are in a powerful position to encourage and support environmental initiatives throughout their supply chains. Drawing upon Triple Helix Theory the paper discusses the importance of unifying the efforts of government, industry and academia in order to identify and operationalise innovative thinking in economies. It explores the roles of public and private sector organisations along with universities in developing environmental strategies and practices within supply chains. Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are discussed and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is identified as a potential mechanism for structuring and reporting the collaborative environmental improvement performance of supply chains.

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  • Azley Abd Razak & Martyn Rowling & Gareth White & Rachel Mason-Jones, 2016. "Public Sector Supply Chain Management: A Triple Helix Approach to Aligning Innovative Environmental Initiatives," Foresight-Russia Форсайт, CyberLeninka;Федеральное государственное автономное образовательное учреждение высшего образования «Национальный исследовательский университет «Высшая школа экономики», vol. 10(1 (eng)), pages 43-52.
  • Handle: RePEc:scn:013126:16511743

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