• 1 Transport & Logistics Section, Delft University of Technology, 2628BX Delft, The Netherlands; Faculty of Technology Management & Business, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400 Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia. Electronic address:
  • 2 Transport & Logistics Section, Delft University of Technology, 2628BX Delft, The Netherlands
  • 3 AfL-NHTV, Breda University of Applied Science, 4817JT Breda, The Netherlands
J. Environ. Manage., 2016 Sep 15;180:202-13.
PMID: 27233046 DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.04.056


Our current dependency on the oil and gas (O&G) industry for economic development and social activities necessitates research into the sustainability of the industry's supply chains. At present, studies on sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) practices in the industry do not include firm-internal factors that affect the sustainability strategies employed by different functional areas of its supply chains. Our study aims to address this gap by identifying the relevant internal factors and exploring their relationship with SSCM strategies. Specifically, we discuss the commitment to and preparedness for sustainable practices of companies that operate in upstream and downstream O&G supply chain. We study the impact of these factors on their sustainability strategies of four key supply chain functions: supplier management, production management, product stewardship and logistics management. The analyses of data collected through a survey among 81 companies show that management preparedness may enhance sustainable supply chain strategies in the O&G industry more than commitment does. Among the preparedness measures, management of supply chain operational risks is found to be vital to the sustainability of all supply chain functions except for production management practices. The findings also highlight the central importance of supplier and logistics management to the achievement of sustainable O&G supply chains. Companies must also develop an organizational culture that encourages, for example, team collaboration and proactive behaviour to finding innovative sustainability solutions in order to translate commitment to sustainable practices into actions that can produce actual difference to their SSCM practices.

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