AN OVERVIEW OF SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IN SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (2020)
Malleshappa T. Bhagawati, Dr. Deepak Dalal JCR. 2020: 2238-2252
Increasing concern about the environment has forced the industry to innovate and reduce its environmental impact. Due to various reasons, SMEs may have been left out of the regulatory and social pressures. The time has come when ignoring the environmental impacts of SMEs is no longer viable. Green practices are necessary to fight global warming and save scarce resources. The major growing sectors which support the Indian economy are agriculture, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) SMEs contribute to the Indian economy’s GDP next to the agriculture sectors which includes all types of industries like Cement, steel, textile, handicraft industries etc. As SMEs are growing sectors and possess lots of opportunities and are the backbone of the economy, still faced challenges related to environmental issues. It has to work for reducing the negative impact of environmental issues. The vast environmental degradation has called forth the sustainability principle, turning environmental aspects into important criteria in the business decision-making process. This situation has ultimately resulted in binding environmental legislation and pressures imposed by the internal and external customers together with stakeholders. The sustainable management of supply chains initiated by these drivers has soon taken a voluntary path due to some indispensable returns such as increased efficiency, reduced costs, increased external and internal customer satisfaction, increased sales and market share together with more effective risk management. The purpose of this study is to analyze the literature on sustainable supply chain management in SMEs thoroughly to reveal the collective findings that will lead to future research
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