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An irrigation-system producer from Israel makes complex technology available to poor farmers. A business helps small farmers and their middlemen in India get higher prices for crops. A garment maker in China practices sustainable manufacturing. These are just some of the success stories demonstrating how small to mid-sized companies can make money while operating in socially responsible and environmentally friendly ways.
In this keynote address, delivered as part of the Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains conference convened in 2008 by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Hau Lee, Stanford Business School professor, highlights such examples, emphasizing that successful responsible supply chains share risks, gains, and costs, and have a partnership mentality.
Hau Lee is the Thoma professor of operations, information, and technology and codirector of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum at Stanford University. Lee’s research focuses on supply chain management, work that addresses how to get products or services to their destination by managing the flow of materials, information, and money. His research has resulted, among other things, in the building of computer models for industrial implementation, as well as in the development of strategies and operational concepts for practitioners.