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Is environmental sustainability a strategic priority for logistics service providers?

Evangelista, Pietro; Colicchia, Claudia; Creazza, Alessandro


Pietro Evangelista

Claudia Colicchia

Alessandro Creazza


Despite an increasing number of third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) regard environmental sustainability as a key area of management, there is still great uncertainty on how 3PLs implement environmental strategies and on how they translate green efforts into practice. Through a multiple case study analysis, this paper explores the environmental strategies of a sample of medium-sized 3PLs operating in Italy and the UK, in terms of environmental organisational culture, initiatives, and influencing factors. Our analysis shows that, notwithstanding environmental sustainability is generally recognised as a strategic priority, a certain degree of diversity in the deployment of environmental strategies still exists. This paper is original since the extant literature on green strategies of 3PLs provides findings predominantly from a single country perspective and mainly investigates large/multinational organizations. It also provides indications to help managers of medium-sized 3PLs in positioning their business. This is particularly meaningful in the 3PL industry, where medium-sized organizations significantly contribute to the generated turnover and market value.


Evangelista, P., Colicchia, C., & Creazza, A. (2017). Is environmental sustainability a strategic priority for logistics service providers?. Journal of environmental management, 198(1), 353-362.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 29, 2017
Online Publication Date May 8, 2017
Publication Date Aug 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 5, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 1, 2018
Journal Journal of environmental management
Print ISSN 0301-4797
Electronic ISSN 1095-8630
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 198
Issue 1
Pages 353-362
Keywords Environmental Strategy, Environmental Sustainability Practices, Influencing Factors, Logistics Service Providers, Case Study Analysis
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of environmental management, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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