Sustainable practices and the relationship with suppliers in SSCM: a case study in wholesale


  • Arthur Antonio Silva Rosa Federal University of Uberlândia – UFU
  • Etienne Cardoso Abdala Federal University of Uberlândia – UFU
  • Luciana Oranges Cezarino Federal University of Uberlândia – UFU



Sustainable Supply Chain, Sustainable Practices, Suppliers, Wholesale


Goal: The present study aimed to analyze how sustainability of suppliers affect the sustainability of a wholesaler-distributor located in the city of Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Design / Methodology / Approach: A qualitative approach was chosen using the case study and content analysis as methodologies and the main instrument for data collection was the interview.

Results: The results suggest a direct relationship between the sustainability of the focal company and that of supply chain members, so that the alignment of Triple Botton Line (TBL) practices along the chain is essential to emphasize the effects of these practices and for the company to be considered sustainable, as indicated by sustainable supply chain concepts.

Limitations of the investigation: The main limitation was the use of a single case study, which does not allow the generalization of results to other companies.

Practical implications: It was possible to analyze the relationship between the sustainable practices of suppliers and the focal company to confirm the need to align sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. The results suggest that companies could improve their performance in environmental, social and economic terms if they observe and evaluate the sustainability of their suppliers, reducing environmental risks and future losses.

Originality / Value: In terms of literature, this is a topic that has not been explored yet in terms of the applicability of sustainability in the supply chain, especially in practical issues in the wholesale sector.


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How to Cite

Rosa, A. A. S., Abdala, E. C., & Cezarino, L. O. (2019). Sustainable practices and the relationship with suppliers in SSCM: a case study in wholesale. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 16(3), 413–423.