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How to achieve sustainable procurement for ‘peripheral’ products with significant environmental impact?
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7215-2623
School of Natural Sciences, Technology, and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden.
School of Natural Sciences, Technology, and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden.
School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, ISSN 1548-7733, E-ISSN 1548-7733, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 21-31Article 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 activities 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 studies 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 perceived as peripheral.

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ProQuest , 2015. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 21-31
Keywords [en]
environmental impact, social responsibility, business, resource management, consumer protection, standards
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39309Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928992337OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-39309DiVA, id: diva2:768609
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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