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Strategic sustainability considerations in materials management
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 64, no feb 2014, 98-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increasing awareness in business and society regarding socio-ecological impacts related to society's use of materials is a driver of new materials management practices. The aim of this study is to gain insight into what considerations come into focus and what types of solutions are revealed when companies apply a strategic sustainability perspective to materials management. Through literature reviews and semi-structured interviews we found that the companies studied have assessed material choices and related management actions, not only regarding their potential to reduce a selection of current socio-ecological impacts, but also regarding their potential to link to future actions to move towards the full scope of socio-ecological sustainability. Through this approach, these companies have found several ways through which materials with characteristics that are commonly considered problematic can be managed sustainably by making strategic use of some of these “problematic” characteristics and other characteristics of the materials. For example, a material associated with problems at end of life, could be managed in closed loops facilitated by the persistence of the material. Based on the findings, we conclude that by not applying a strategic sustainability perspective to materials management, organizations risk phasing out materials perceived to be unsustainable which, managed differently, could be helpful for sustainable development.

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Elsevier , 2014. Vol. 64, no feb 2014, 98-103 p.
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Strategic, Sustainability, Sustainable materials management, Framework for strategic sustainable development
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Applied Mechanics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6717DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.07.015ISI: 000329595700008Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo55022BAA735CCCEAC1257BDC004B9B0AOAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6717DiVA: diva2:834250
Available from: 2014-04-23 Created: 2013-09-04 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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