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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 1603-1619; doi:10.3390/su7021603

Supplier Selection Problems in Fashion Business Operations with Sustainability Considerations

Transportation Management College, Dalian Maritime University, 1 Linghai Road, Dalian 116026, China
Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense M DK-5230, Denmark
Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Department of Mechanical Engineering, SSM Institute of Engineering and Technology, Tamil Nadu 624002, India
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 30 October 2014 / Accepted: 20 January 2015 / Published: 2 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Fashion Business Operations)
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In recent years, sustainability has been a major focus of fashion business operations because fashion industry development causes harmful effects to the environment, both indirectly and directly. The sustainability of the fashion industry is generally based on several levels and this study focuses on investigating the optimal supplier selection problem for sustainable materials supply in fashion clothing production. Following the ground rule that sustainable development is based on the Triple Bottom Line (TBL), this paper has framed twelve criteria from the economic, environmental and social perspectives for evaluating suppliers. The well-established multi-criteria decision making tool Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) is employed for ranking potential suppliers among the pool of suppliers. Through a real case study, the proposed approach has been applied and some managerial implications are derived. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; fashion industry; supplier selection; multi-criteria decision making; TOPSIS sustainability; fashion industry; supplier selection; multi-criteria decision making; TOPSIS

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Jia, P.; Govindan, K.; Choi, T.-M.; Rajendran, S. Supplier Selection Problems in Fashion Business Operations with Sustainability Considerations. Sustainability 2015, 7, 1603-1619.

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