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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 30; doi:10.3390/su9010030

From a Systematic Literature Review to a Classification Framework: Sustainability Integration in Fashion Operations

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Department of Management, Economics & Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 20156 Milan, Italy
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Department of Industrial Management, Business Administration and Statistics, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 3 October 2016 / Revised: 30 November 2016 / Accepted: 19 December 2016 / Published: 27 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

Sustainability management in global fashion operations is an area of growing concern. This can be seen by the number of research articles and industrial reports published. To establish a further debate, this study pursues two objectives. Firstly, it provides a systematic literature review pertaining to environmental and social sustainability management in fashion operations by encompassing 38 research articles indexed in Scopus from 2006 to 2016. Secondly, it presents a classification framework in which sustainability practices are categorized according to a three-dimensional concurrent engineering framework by focusing on product, process and supply chain levels. Results address that the breakdown of environmental and social sustainability practices identified in earlier research is not homogenous. For instance, some critical social aspects such as human rights are not widely covered in production processes. Similarly, serious environmental aspects such as biodiversity are not entirely focused on at the chain level. Last, this study concludes with a framework illustrating strategic priorities to be taken to advance sustainability in fashion operations. View Full-Text
Keywords: supply chain management; fashion industry; three-dimensional engineering framework; fashion operations; environmental sustainability; social sustainability; classification framework; systematic literature review supply chain management; fashion industry; three-dimensional engineering framework; fashion operations; environmental sustainability; social sustainability; classification framework; systematic literature review
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Karaosman, H.; Morales-Alonso, G.; Brun, A. From a Systematic Literature Review to a Classification Framework: Sustainability Integration in Fashion Operations. Sustainability 2017, 9, 30.

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