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Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Economic Management and Green Development

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Critical Success Factors for a Sustainable Supply Chain: The Case of Apple Inc.

Chen Xing * 1
1 University Science of Malaysia

* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Advances in Economics, Management and Political Sciences, Vol. 39, 11-16
Published 10 November 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Abstract

In the context of today's global economic and technological development, there is a growing concern for environmental issues and social responsibility. In this context, supply chain sustainability has become an important issue that companies cannot ignore. As a world-renowned technology company, Apple's practices and experiences in supply chain sustainability have attracted much attention. This thesis takes Apple as the research object, combines relevant literature and analyses Apple's successful cases in sustainable development, and discusses the current situation, problems and challenges faced by Apple's supply chain sustainable development. Through an in-depth study of Apple's theoretical framework and practical experience in supply chain management, the key factors of Apple's supply chain sustainability and future development direction are summarized. The findings show that Apple's success in supply chain sustainability is attributed to its leadership and commitment, supplier selection and management, use of resources and energy, supply chain transparency and collaboration, and social and environmental responsibility. This study has important implications for other companies to improve their performance and competitiveness in sustainability. Through the findings of this study, other companies can learn from Apple's supply chain management experience to improve their performance and competitiveness in sustainability. Also, this study has implications for the academic community, providing new insights and implications for theory and practice in the area of supply chain sustainability.

Keywords

supply chain management, sustainable development, Apple inc., success factors, social responsibility

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Economic Management and Green Development
ISBN (Print)
978-1-83558-099-8
ISBN (Online)
978-1-83558-100-1
Published Date
10 November 2023
Series
Advances in Economics, Management and Political Sciences
ISSN (Print)
2754-1169
ISSN (Online)
2754-1177
DOI
10.54254/2754-1169/39/20231923
Copyright
© 2023 The Author(s)
Open Access
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