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Greening Supply Chain: Enhancing Competitiveness Through Green Productivity

Report of the Top Forum on Enhancing Competitiveness through Green Productivity held in the Republic of China , 25-27 May, 2000

©APO ISBN 92-833-2290-8


Supply chain management is a very important factor directly related to the productivity and the overall business competitiveness. Greening of Supply Chain is an emerging concept for Asia and the Pacific region. It advocates that the purchaser uses its purchasing power to demand an improved environmental performance from the supplier upstream in the supply chain. It is also implied that the purchaser - which in many cases is a big corporation - will play a facilitators role towards its suppliers - which are usually small and medium enterprises - and help them in their efforts for becoming a more environment-friendly organization. This effect is expected to trickle down throughout the supply chain so that the entire supply chain becomes "green" or more environment-friendly.

The APO has been promoting Green Productivity (GP) as a strategy for simultaneous improvement in the productivity and the sound environmental management. GP thus helps organizations in increasing their overall competitiveness. It is well recognized that the Greening of Supply Chain constitutes a very important aspect of Green Productivity efforts of any organization.

With this background, the "Top Forum on Green Productivity - A Management Strategy to Enhance Competitiveness by Greening the Supply Chain." was organized from May 25-27, 2000 in Taipei, Republic of China. The forum brought together experts from Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and North America to share experiences and discuss the issue of Greening the Supply Chain. The forum addressed several key aspects of supply chain management, including:

  • The importance of enhancing Green Productivity (GP) by taking consideration of environmental characteristics in the purchasing decisions, including: dematerialization, minimizing the energy intensity of goods and services, enhancing recyclability, and maximizing the use of renewable resources;
  • Approaches to developing new partnerships among firms enhancing environmental and sustainable performance;
  • Identification of new roles for government such as promotion of eco-labeling programs and adoption of ISO 14000 that will provide a framework for firms to practice green purchasing;
  • Strategies for stimulating the creation of new consumption patterns; and
  • Technological breakthrough needed to encourage green purchasing.
Download Contents in PDF format:
Part I
Integrated Summary Sean Gilbert
Part II  Resource Papers
Green Productivity: The New Frontier of Sustainable Development Lung-Sheng Chang
The Eco-Economy: Enhancing Productivity and Environmental Performance William Shireman
Green Productivity and Supply Chain Management Tay Joo Hwa
Linking Green Productivity, Green Purchasing, and Quality Management Systems Lynn E. Johannson
Towards Greener Government Procurement: An Environment Canada Case Study Loretta Legault
Eco-Efficiency and an Overview of Green Purchasing   Niven Huang
Eco-Design Towards Green Productivity Takeo Takagi
Enhancing the Competitive Edge Through Cooperation Between Large Firms and SMEs: the Center Satellite Factory System in the ROC   . C.H. Su
The Use of Corporate Synergy Systems in Promoting Industrial Waste Minimization in Small and Medium Enterprises in Taiwan Shen-Yann Chiu
The Management and Environmental Protection of the Paper Industry in the Republic of China Eng-Ming Lee and
Kwang-I Hu
Eco-Design and Eco-Efficiency in EverLight Chemical Jason Chu
Acer Environmental Report Grace Liu
Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development at Corporate Level Kuo-Chung Liu
Greening the Market: the Effort by Fuji Xerox and the Green Purchasing Network, Japan Hiroaki Koshibu
The Green Consumption Movement: the Roles of Government, Academia, NGOs, and Consumers   Ning Yu
An Overview of the Industrial Waste Minimization: Corporate Synergy System in the Republic of China Chen Wen-Huei and
Tang Yi-Hua
Strategies and Mechanisms for Green Productivity in the APO Member Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region Augustine Koh
Part III   Appendices
Opening Remarks Yuji Yamada
Opening Remarks Kuei-Jung Huang
Opening Remarks Chieh-Kwei Hsu
List of Participants/Resource Persons/Staff of Organizers
Program and Schedule

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