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Sustainability Prerequisites and Practices in Textile and Apparel Supply Chains

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School of Business, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, 24943 Flensburg, Germany
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Chair of Supply Chain Management, University of Kassel, 34127 Kassel, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9960; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239960
Received: 16 October 2020 / Revised: 25 November 2020 / Accepted: 26 November 2020 / Published: 28 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Management of Supply and Consumption)
The proposed study deals with sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) in the textile and apparel (T&A) industry. We analyze prerequisites and practices of supply chain (SC) sustainability in a multiple case study of the German and Ethiopian T&A industry. Our analysis is based on ten semi-structured interviews conducted with the managers of seven companies in the Ethiopian T&A production and the German fair fashion retail industries. The contribution of expert knowledge helps in identifying SC sustainability prerequisites and practices. The chosen cases of production in Ethiopia and retail in Germany highlight the complexity of T&A SCs while representing both the suppliers’ and retailers’ perspectives, which is rare in the related literature. As a major research contribution, the study adapts a framework for SC sustainability in the chemical industry and transfers it to T&A SCs. Moreover, practitioners from the T&A industry find useful insights into relevant practices and their prerequisites, which helps in improving SC sustainability in this sector. The study reveals that management orientation and interest groups such as customers represent the most important prerequisites for sustainability. Manufacturers rely more on internal practices such as monitoring, while retailers focus on external sustainability practices, such as supplier development. In a comparative approach, similarities and differences between T&A SCs and the chemical industry are identified. View Full-Text
Keywords: supply chain management; sustainable development; textile and apparel industry; ethiopia; germany; case study research supply chain management; sustainable development; textile and apparel industry; ethiopia; germany; case study research
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Warasthe, R.; Schulz, F.; Enneking, R.; Brandenburg, M. Sustainability Prerequisites and Practices in Textile and Apparel Supply Chains. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9960. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239960

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Warasthe R, Schulz F, Enneking R, Brandenburg M. Sustainability Prerequisites and Practices in Textile and Apparel Supply Chains. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):9960. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239960

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Warasthe, Ronak, Finja Schulz, Ralf Enneking, and Marcus Brandenburg. 2020. "Sustainability Prerequisites and Practices in Textile and Apparel Supply Chains" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 9960. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239960

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