Chapter 2: 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, as they display very high levels of interconnectedness among intricate social aspects. 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 the 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, as we highlight in a practical example and our managerial insights.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
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Uncontrolled Keywords: systems thinking,social sustainability,social impact,supply chain management
ISBN: 9783031254352, 9783031254369
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Published Date: 2022-09
Accepted Date: 2022-09
Authors: Hidalgo-Carvajal, David
Picanço Rodrigues, Vinicius
Mejia-Argueta, Christopher
Salinas-Navarro, David Ernesto (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7919-4885)



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