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Identification of strategies for sustainable and resilient supply chains


The second deliverable of Work Package 2 (WP2 details here) of the ReSChape project presents the results of Task 2.3, which aimed to identify strategies to be applied by companies and supply chains in order to increase their social, environmental and economic sustainability as well as their capacity to be ready, to respond and to recover from unexpected events. Considering the challenges that characterize the current supply chain environments, this work started from the assumption that companies must develop actions that deal simultaneously with both aspects, sustainability and resilience.

The identification of actions started from the analysis of possible responses to the risks defined previously in WP2, considering that they represent the most prominent issues of current and future supply chain environments. A systematic approach was applied to search for previous works to identify ways to tackle those risks. More than 100 actions emerged from this comprehensive work, covering a wide range of topics that are relevant to contemporary reality.

Figure 1. Supply Chain Sustainability and Resilience Radar


The actions were clustered considering their main contribution to each of the three sustainability dimensions and to different resilience capabilities. The “Supply Chain Sustainability and Resilience Radar” represents an innovative model to help supply chain actors to navigate and explore the actions in different ways to identify the most appropriate strategy for their specific context. The model is designed to be dynamic, meaning that a company can identify the most important area to invest in (i.e. social versus environmental sustainability, visibility) and implement the actions that can fit with its supply chain.