Sustainability Portfolio Analysis: Study of Logistics Service Providers

The concept of sustainable development has attracted significant attention from both the industry and academics in the past decade. In the logistics area, Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) are under stringent pressure from customers, governments and society to achieve sustainability in order to maintain competitive advantages. The purpose of the paper is to research the sustainability portfolio of the world’s top LSPs. The study assesses the LSPs based on their sustainability portfolio, namely economic, social and environmental performance. In particular, the environmental metrics are Efficient and carbon neutral transportation, Inventory and warehouse management, Green value added service, Lean process, Electronic information and communication, Clean technologies, and Alternative energy. The social metrics are indicated by whether the three major stakeholder groups, namely government, employees and community are involved in LSP’s environmental initiatives. In terms of the economic aspect, the analysis focuses on whether the environmental policy enhances the economic indicators of the LSPs. Systematic literature review methodology is applied to eliminate researcher bias and maximize reliability. The study presents knowledge on why sustainability is important to LSPs. The paper also analyzes sustainability strategies adopted by the current top LSPs and how sustainability can contribute to the competitive advantage to the firms. Finally the research seeks to understand the trend of sustainability strategies and provide practical suggestions.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 221-231
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2013: Trade, Supply Chain Activities and Transport: Contemporary Logistics and Maritime Issues

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01495923
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677677
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2013 8:54PM