The importance of resilient and responsible supply chains has recently come into sharp focus, and the world continues to face challenges such as wars, natural disasters, pandemics and geopolitical tensions. The latest issue of RSM Discovery magazine, under the guest editorship of Prof. Finn Wynstra and with contributions from his colleagues from the Department of Supply Chain Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), explores how supply chain and logistics are putting into motion the measures needed to keep supplies on the move for 21st century business around the world.

In response to current challenges, organisations are increasingly looking to apply environmental, social, and governance (ESG) frameworks to guide their sourcing processes and make and deliver their products and services in a responsible way.

Issue 41 explores industry sectors taking steps to bring supply chain management up to date and into line with the need for more responsible business with a range of articles covering competition and transparency, nearshoring and automation, humanitarian relief organisations, counterfeiting and piracy, ethical challenges in buyer-supplier relations, and vaccination distribution systems.

Read about:

  • what businesses can learn from humanitarian relief organisations in dealing with ongoing disruptions and uncertainty from Harwin de Vries
  • how the design of vaccination distribution systems affects patient preferences and vaccine uptake from Cynthia Kong, Harwin de Vries, and Abed Kayyal
  • Adriana Domínguez, CEO of Spanish fashion company Adolfo Domínguez, who reflects on the impact of the Covid pandemic on nearshoring and automation.
  • the challenges of developing responsible and resilient supply chains in terms of the dynamic between competition and transparency, and aligning stakeholder interests from Linh Nguyenv, Merieke Stevens and Rob Zuidwijk
  • the problem of counterfeiting and pirated articles in global supply chains, and actions that can suppress this from Morteza Pourakbar and Albert Veenstra
  • the prevalence of ethical challenges in buyer-supplier relations, and what companies such as FrieslandCampina are doing to maintain high ethical standards from Fanny Chen, Finn Wynstra and Jan van Dalen
  • Flare, a start-up company working to improve the accessibility and availability of ambulance services in emerging markets from Pieter van den Berg and Stef Lemmens.

This special issue highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in supply chain management, as well as the need for timely and reliable availability of components, as demonstrated by the recent worldwide shortages of semiconductors.

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