The world is grappling with the depletion of natural resources due to escalating pollution that continues to harm the environment. The global focus today is on sustainable development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. The importance of such efforts is underscored by the inevitable reality that the future's needs cannot be jeopardised by perpetuating pressure on the Earth's natural resources. Exploitation of resources, coupled with the generation of excessive by-products, is leading to waste and pollution. In light of this, sustainability in business is crucial not only to address activities impacting the economy but also the well-being of the environment and society.
The manufacturing sector has been identified as one of the primary contributors to environmental degradation and resource depletion. However, manufacturing firms require consistent and sustainable supply sources for their future survival. Consequently, the adoption of sustainable supply chain management practices becomes unavoidable due to its vital strategic role in the current business environment. This contemporary paradigm illuminates the rationale behind the recent trend of companies extending their environmental responsibilities beyond organisational boundaries. By actively engaging in the reduction of waste generation and the prevention of pollution, these entities are not only safeguarding their economic interests but are also assuming a crucial role in the collective effort to protect and preserve our shared environment.
MOHD RIZAIMY SHAHARUDIN is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Business and Management at the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Supply Chain Management from Universiti Sains Malaysia. His research interests concern green and sustainability in supply chain management, product returns, industrial ecology, and corporate social responsibility. He has more than 60 scientific works published in articles, conference proceedings, and chapters. He received the University Academic Award for the top publication in academic journals in the years 2015, 2017, and 2018. He also won gold medals in several innovation competitions and obtained copyrights for his research models.
AMIR IMRAN ZAINODDIN obtained his PhD from the Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently, he is working as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Johor, Malaysia. His research area is corporate social responsibility and sustainability governance.
CHATTRARAT HOTRAWAISAYA currently serves as Dean of the College of Logistics and Supply Chain, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand. She holds a PhD in Engineering in Logistics from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand, and currently teaches several logistics and supply chain management courses. Her expertise and research interests relate to global logistics and supply chain management, warehouse and inventory management, lean management, quantitative analysis, and ISO standards. Dr Chattrarat has been involved in many collaborative research projects financed by various instances, from local to international levels. She has published in many journals, indexed by SCOPUS and TCI, and in conference proceedings. She has also served as a referee for quite a few journals, both at local and international levels.
SUHAIZA ZAILANI is a Professor of Supply Chain in the Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. Her research interest is mainly in the development of three key areas: quality management, supply chain management, and Halal issues. Her achievement in the supply chain.