Competitive enterprises are increasingly facing challenges to balance economic growth, environment protection, and social conditions. More and more companies are adopting sustainable business practices in their value chains not only because of the inherent social and environmental risks and the governance challenges the supply chain poses, but also because of the many rewards supply chain sustainability can deliver. In an age of increasing regulatory legislation, and consumer and civil society pressures, sustainability of supply chains is not a fad but a new discipline, which can be a strong driver of value and success and can provide sustainable competitive advantage.

Supply chain sustainability is the “management of environmental, social and economic impacts and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the life cycles of goods and services”. The objective of supply chain sustainability is to create, protect and grow long-term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders involved in bringing products and services to market.

The main objective of GSC’2016 is to bring together scientists, practitioners, policy-makers, non-governmental organizations and researchers to exchange ideas on sustainable operations and supply chain management and provide innovative insights, theoretical and practical concepts, methods, tools, policies, and examples being applied in different contexts to resolve the problems. We aim to provide a favourable social environment so that lasting international collaborations can be developed.

  • The first day of the conference will be devoted to PhD and publishing workshops.
  • Second and third days will be dedicated to oral presentations of regular papers,
    case studies and posters sessions.
  • The final day will be devoted for industry practitioners, providing examples of best practice and case studies along with the discussion of a few European Projects including REINVEST.