School of Management
Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

Environmental Protection in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Project Description

For most manufacturing companies purchasing and supply accounts for the largest share of total expenditure. The purchasing function also plays an important gate-keeping role. The project aimed to establish whether this growing importance is matched by an equally strategic contribution to environmental protection in the supply chain and to establish reasons that prevent supply chain managers from fulfilling such a role.

The Green MultiplierKey Publications

Preuss L., The Green Multiplier: A Study of Environmental Protection and the Supply Chain, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Preuss L., ‘Rhetoric and reality of corporate greening: A view from the supply chain management function’, Business Strategy and the Environment, 14: 2, 123-139, 2005


Qualitative study, involving interviews with purchasing of a sample of 50 manufacturing companies.


Lutz Preuss (Royal Holloway, University of London)