||Recent developments have shown that climate change has become one of the most significant challenges in our global society. Not only in the private sector, but also in business’ activities certain initiatives should be introduced to reduce adverse environmental impacts, such as CO2 emissions and other air pollutants, or waste to landfill.
One initiative that modern businesses could apply to perform more environmentally sound, is the introduction of an Environmental Supply Chain Management (ESCM). In this thesis, a conceptual framework was designed, comprising four different aspects of an effective ESCM: the Lifecycle Assessment, the concept of Reverse Logistics and “closing the loop”, supporting practices and the principle of continuous monitoring and improvement.
Within this thesis, an empirical, qualitative case study analysis was conducted at a Taiwanese silicon wafer manufacturer to detect an analyze the respective environmental performance of the company’s supply chain. For a more comprehensive evaluation, the empirical findings have been compared by using a German chemical company group as a benchmark. Both companies have been examined in their respective performances of their Carbon Footprint, Greenhouse Gas emissions, energy consumption, material and waste recovery, greening the product and logistics activities, stakeholder collaborations in the internal and external environment, and methods for continuous monitoring and improvement. On the one hand, the research findings demonstrate, that both companies have introduced various measurements to reduce their individual negative environmental impacts. On the other hand, both companies have shown recent increases in their Carbon Footprint and the related CO2 emissions. However, the German company has introduced sufficient initiatives when it comes to green logistics and close collaborations with important stakeholder groups.