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The status of Green Supply Chain initiatives in manufacturing engineering SMEs
Bernadette Patricia Sunjka, Simphiwe Malawana

Last modified: 2019-09-02


Incorporating environmental thinking into the supply chain is a huge focus for businesses, governments and researchers alike because of declining natural resources and climate change issues. Regulatory and customer pressures are also contributing to this need for change. Businesses are transforming from traditional supply chain to circular economy.

This research examined green supply chain (GSC) initiatives in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector. This examination is important because manufacturing and production are most commonly perceived as enemies to environmental protection. The aim was to understand what GSC initiatives are implemented (if any), awareness and barriers faced by manufacturing SMEs in the Gauteng area.

A qualitative research methodology, using semi-structured interviews, was conducted with managers of SMEs. Findings revealed that the majority of the manufacturing SMEs are engaged in waste management, but that there are shortcomings in awareness of GSC concepts. Both regulatory and financial benefits were key drivers, while cost was the major barrier identified.

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