Research Paper

Developing climate neutrality among supply chain members in metal and mining industry: natural resource-based view perspective

  • By Rajesh K Singh
    Sharad Sharma, FPM Scholar, Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, India
    Ruchi Mishra, Institute Of Rural Management, Anand, India
    Nachiappan (Nachi) Subramanian, Professor Of Operations And Logistics Management, Science Policy Research Unit-University Of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    Journal : The International Journal of Logistics Management
    Publisher : Emerald

Article citation: Sharma, S., Singh, R. K., Mishra, R., & Subramanian, N. (2023). Developing climate neutrality among supply chain members in metal and mining industry: natural resource-based view perspective. The International Journal of Logistics Management.

Purpose – This study aims to address three research questions pertaining to climate neutrality within the supply chain of metal and mining industry: (1) How can an organization implement practices related to climateneutrality in the supply chain? (2) How do members of the supply chain adopt different measures and essentialprocesses to assist an organization in responding to climate change-related concerns? (3) How can the SAP-LAP framework assist in analyzing and proposing solutions to attain climate neutrality?

Design/methodology/approach – To address the proposed research questions concerning climate neutrality, this study employs a case study approach utilizing the SAP-LAP (situation, actor, process–learning, action, performance) framework. Within the SAP-LAP framework, adopting a natural resource-based perspective, the study thoroughly examines the intricacies and interactions among existing situations, pertinent actors and processes that impact climate initiatives within a metal and mining company.

Findings – The study’s findings suggest that organizations can achieve the objective of climate neutrality by prioritizing resources and capabilities that lead to reduced GHG emissions, lower energy consumption and optimal resource utilization. The study further proposes key elements that significantly influence the pursuit of
climate neutrality within enterprises.

Research limitations/implications – This study is one of the earliest contributions to the development of a holistic understanding of climate neutrality in the supply chain of the metal and mining industry.

Practical implications – The study will assist practitioners and policymakers in comprehending the present circumstances, actors and processes involved in enterprises’ supply networks in order to attain climate neutrality in supply chains, as well as in taking the right steps to enhance performance.

Originality/value – This study presents a climate neutrality model and provides valuable insights into emission management, contributing to the achievement of the climate neutrality objective.