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Allentown Career Institute Sustainable Supply Chain Reflection Paper

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The COVID-19 epidemic underscored to us that we need to understand our supply chain. Whether it is the food we eat (say a bag of chips), or the clothes we wear (a pair of leather shoes), its sourcing might contain dark sides of a supply chain that could have bad consequences for humanity.

Please read the attached article. Especially look at the graphic on page 89. Do you think it is possible for companies to create sustainable practices that flows smoothly throughout the complex supply network of MNCs?

Your response should be a 500 word essay with an original title. Use the first 250 words to summarize the article.

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Running Head: TOWARDS BUILDING VALUE IN SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES

Towards Building Value in Sustainability Practices
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Introduction
The Covid-19 pandemic underscored to us the need to understand our supply chain. Be it
what we eat, or even what we wear, it is crucial to understand its sourcing as it may have dark
sides of a supply chain that could affect humanity adversely. Companies have learnt this hard way.
Take Apple, for instance, whose primary operations have had to be shut down since its supply
chain network is primarily based in China. This paper, therefore, sets out to evaluate Villena and
Gioia’s article A More Sustainable Supply Chain to determine if companies can create sustainable
practices that flow smoothly through the complex supply chain network of MNCs
Summary of the Article
According to Villena and Gioia (2020), Several multinational corporations (MNCs) have
committed to only working with suppliers that comply with sustainable environmental and social
practices. However, suppliers – especially those at the lower levels in the supply chain – frequently
fail to comply with sustainability standards as they are least monitored and regulated (Villena &
Gioia, 2020). Thi...

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