A Systems Perspective on Social Indicators for Circular Supply Chains


The overarching paradigm of circular economy has fundamentally challenged the established, linear supply chains across several industries and geographies. While this new paradigm has been increasingly driving transitions toward circular supply chains, its social potential and implications have not earned as much attention. Within this context, we conceptualize social issues in circular supply chains as complex systems due to their high levels of interconnectedness among intricate variables. We compile extant social indicators prescribed by specialized literature to propose a classification scheme for the social performance measurement of circular supply chains. The classification uses the concept of a system’s leverage points and their effect on the many actors and stakeholders across supply chains, from companies and non-governmental organizations to communities and public agencies. Scholars, practitioners, and policymakers may apply the classification scheme to advance the measurement techniques and arguments around social externalities, both negative and positive, generated by the widespread diffusion of circular supply chain systems. We highlight these key managerial insights in a practical example.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-25436-9_2
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: Copyright: © 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This version of the paper has been accepted for publication, and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use [https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/policies/accepted-manuscript-terms], but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-25436-9_2
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social impact,Social sustainability,Supply chain management,Systems thinking,Business and International Management,Environmental Engineering,Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
ISBN: 9783031254352, 9783031254369
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 07:35
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 15:49
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PURE Output Type: Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Published Date: 2023-03-16
Accepted Date: 2022-09
Authors: Hidalgo-Carvajal, David
Picanço-Rodrigues, Vinícius
Mejía-Argueta, Christopher
Salinas-Navarro, David E. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7919-4885)



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