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Maturity level of environmental management in the pulp and paper supply chain

  • Received: 31 August 2021 Accepted: 29 November 2021 Published: 07 December 2021
  • This research aimed to identify the level of maturity in environmental management in a focal company of a pulp and paper supply chain. Methodologically, it is characterized as a qualitative exploratory case study. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect the data. The adoption and use of Environmental Management Supply Chain (ESCM) practices was assessed using a model based on 53 practices grouped into 8 types of practices. Qualitative data analysis software (NVivo) was used to analyse the data and support the development of findings. It was found that 85% of the ESCM practices were adopted by the company. Internal environmental management practices, waste and risk minimization and eco-design were fully adopted. Furthermore, a proactive maturity level was found, embedded in the company's strategic planning. Proactivity in environmental management encourages continuous improvement, cost reduction, cleaner production, and reuse and recycling of products.

    Citation: Antonio Zanin, Ivonez Xavier de Almeida, Francieli Pacassa, Fabricia Silva da Rosa, Paulo Afonso. Maturity level of environmental management in the pulp and paper supply chain[J]. AIMS Environmental Science, 2021, 8(6): 580-596. doi: 10.3934/environsci.2021037

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  • This research aimed to identify the level of maturity in environmental management in a focal company of a pulp and paper supply chain. Methodologically, it is characterized as a qualitative exploratory case study. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect the data. The adoption and use of Environmental Management Supply Chain (ESCM) practices was assessed using a model based on 53 practices grouped into 8 types of practices. Qualitative data analysis software (NVivo) was used to analyse the data and support the development of findings. It was found that 85% of the ESCM practices were adopted by the company. Internal environmental management practices, waste and risk minimization and eco-design were fully adopted. Furthermore, a proactive maturity level was found, embedded in the company's strategic planning. Proactivity in environmental management encourages continuous improvement, cost reduction, cleaner production, and reuse and recycling of products.



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