Chapter 4

SCM Environmental Impacts

Supply chain management (SCM) involves not just how the people who produce the goods at third-, second-, and first-tier suppliers are treated, but also how the goods themselves, once they’ve been produced and sold, are disposed. How do we manage the entire life cycle impacts of products from cradle to grave? That question is met with an answer in the form of extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Cradle to grave is a descriptive term that refers to the life cycle of a product from procurement of raw resources to manufacture and production, distribution, consumption, and disposal (to put it simply, from the birth to the death of the substances used in products). The cradle to grave concept will be discussed ...

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