Green Supply Chains Implementation Model of the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise in Taiwan

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Green supply chains mean that beside the economic benefit, an enterprise should also consider theecological effect in its value-added process. Since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, many countries have madetheir commitments on responsibility on ecological environment in terms of their economic activities;furthermore, the European Union and the North American set some green regulations, such as WEEE(WasteElectrical and Electronic Equipment ) and RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances inelectrical and electronic equipment) to restrict the economic activities of the business whose green capabilityare not qualified. In Taiwan, more than 90% of business are small and medium-sized enterprise (SME),which participate the global sully chains using the own-brand or OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer)business models. To them, how to make a well trade-off between economy and ecology, and thereby toconstruct an effective green operations mechanism in the global business networks are issues.Regarding the issues, most of literature focused on considering the green factors into the businessfunctions in terms of production and distribution, including green purchasing, low-carbon emissionproduction, production with low energy consumption, green product design, and so on. The other researchparadigm achieves green business by integration of green operations between business partners, meanwhilethe key concept is an effective cooperation between organizations. Some researches focus on developingquantitative or qualitative models to analyze the tangible and intangible effectiveness. However, seeing theindustrial evidences, when one considers only the internal or intra-organizational operations processes interms of green issues, a complete green supply chain can not be well realized. Again, in case one can not wellconsider the perspectives refer to industrial characteristics as well as regional economy into the model,potentially the research results will have bias.On the grounds of above reviews, using the empirical research method, this research will study the greensupply chains implementation of small and medium-sized enterprise in Taiwan. To it, we will firstly developa model based on related theories by literature reviews, and then send questionnaires to about 3,000companies in Taiwan. The Structure Equation Model (SEM) method will be applied to analyze the researchsamples, and so as to discuss the theoretical as well as practical implications. To the small and medium-sizedenterprise in Taiwan, the green supply chains are no more cost issues, but elemental pre-requirement to enterthe regional as well as global markets. The research results could be a reference to support the green supplychain implementation for the small and medium-sized enterprise in Taiwan.
Effective start/end date1/08/1631/07/17

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Green supply chains
  • Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • Sustainability
  • StructuralEquation Model (SEM)


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