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An integrated environmental and fairtrade labelling scheme for product supply chains

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  • Adolf Acquaye
  • Fred Yamoah
  • Kuishuang Feng
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-483
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Early online date24 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


Environmental initiatives such as carbon labelling have been suggested as a driver for achieving sustainable production systems of product supply chains. The paper therefore presents a systematic process of developing an environmental labelling framework as an extension of carbon labelling using the fairtrade certification as a platform to facilitate the process. Using the
general theoretical constructs of lifecycle assessments, the framework presented provides insight into the formulation of multi-regional supply chains which has been specifically characterised in this paper for the UK-India-Rest of the World supply chain. The environmental labelling process presented in this paper is based on two key principles; Quantitative Principle in Eco-labelling and the Principle of Whole Lifecycle Perspective and it is used to inform two key stakeholder groups in the supply chain: consumers and supply chain partners.
For consumers, a consistent way of presenting the environmental label information is presented highlighting the supply chain impacts across the indicators of CO2-eq emissions, water consumption and land use in addition to regional contributions to these impacts from a global supply chain perspective. Additionally, communicating the environmental impacts to supply
chain partners provides a decision support to take actions to reduce the overall impacts by identifying processes within the global supply chain that needed prioritization. Given that fairtrade partnership is based on participatory development and a strict guidelines and standardization process, it is envisaged that synergies can be derived by integrating environmental labelling with the fairtrade scheme to enhance the environmental sustainability of
product supply chains.


This document is the accepted manuscript version of the following article: Adolf A. Acquaye, Fred A. Yamoah, & Kuishuang Feng, 'An integrated environmental and fairtrade labelling scheme for product supply chains', International Journal of Production Economics, Vol 164: 472-483, June 2015, doi: This manuscript version is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License CC BY NC-ND 4.0 (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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