Supply chain network design considering sustainable development paradigm: A case study in cable industry

Mahtab Sherafati, Mahdi Bashiri, Reza Tavakkoli-Moghaddam, Mir Saman Pishvaee

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The concern about environmental and social impacts of business activities has led to introducing a new paradigm called, sustainable development. It can help to build a low-carbon high-growth global economy and guarantee the global well-being of people. In this paper, three pillars of sustainable development, i.e., economic, environmental, and social, are considered and discussed to design a supply chain network. The proposed model tries to maximize profit primarily while capturing societal community development by prioritizing the less developed regions. Moreover, the model ensures that the environmentally friendly facilities can operate in the supply chain network while others have to be repaired. Furthermore, quantifying the benefits of transportation decisions in terms of both cost and environmental impact savings to improve the sustainability of logistics systems is considered. In addition, the model is regarded as robust programming for the problem to approximate real situations. The proposed model is implemented in some numerical examples and in a real case study. Numerical results and computational analysis are indicative of the significance of the model and through conducting the case study, it is demonstrated that the proposed model can be implemented successfully in practice and it would be beneficial to all the three pillars of sustainable development. Moreover, the managerial insights for the managers of the supply chain networks are provided to make the most appropriate decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-380
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Early online date19 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019


  • Supply chain network design
  • Carbon footprint
  • Water footprint
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental and social responsibilities
  • Robust programming


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