The growing importance of China and India, along with rapidly rising fuel prices, have caused some firms to begin to
re-examine their manufacturing processes and the configurations of their supply chains. In relation, the definition of
the concept of sustainability is evolving. For many firms and organizations, sustainability refers primarily to
environmental stewardship. For other groups, sustainability seems to primarily mean actions related to social responsibility.
Many of the managers who have worked on the concept of sustainability in the past have avoided much focus on the financial
portion of sustainability and concentrated on the environment and social responsibility.
For this project, we plan to focus on how supply chains, and the firms that make up those supply chains, can be long lasting.