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Optimizing Closed-loop Supply Chains

Through legislation, the European Union (EU) takes measures to prevent waste of resources. For example, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) commits producers and sellers of electric and electronic products to take them back after use. Moreover, the directive sets targets concerning recycling, and recovery, for instance, to recycle 85% of the waste by 2016.

However, since companies are in general not philantropic institutions, their operations - while dealing with sustainability - have to be profitable. The associated decision processes and the supporting research are referred to as Closed-loop Supply Chain (CLSC) Management, emphasizing that the reverse processes associated with product take back interact with the more traditional forward processes including production, inventory management or transportation to name just a few.

This web-application is designed to provide insight into two important questions associated with sustainability:

The answers to these questions should help you understand the main managerial trade-offs associated with profitability and sustainability of decision processes in companies and how these decision processes of companies interact with sustainability policy-making.

Overview of the web-application