Sustainability Performance Evaluation Management Systems (SPEMS) for Network of Interested Partners (NIP)
Jose Flavio Coelho, David Moy and Rod Edwards, Central Queensland University, Australia
The sustainability of organisations is directly linked to the continual improvement of business performance. However, if the improvement of business performance is to be achieved, improved methodologies for development and implementation of performance evaluation (PE) processes that take into consideration sustainable principles are necessary. Such methodologies have to be applicable to individual entities and supply chains. Supply chains are important because it is being increasingly recognized that overall supply chain performance is a means of adding value and competitive advantage to all businesses. This paper considers the improvement of a draft model for performance evaluation based on the AS/NZS ISO 14031:2000. The improved model to be implemented in individual organisations and/or supply chains will be known as SPEMS (Sustainability Performance Evaluation Management Systems). The authors used two questionnaires to identify necessary changes and improvements to the draft model. The first questionnaire was used participants within an industry in a chosen supply chain linked to Aluminium production in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia and the second with interested parties from the relevant community linked to this supply chain. The conclusions of both questionnaires were used as the basis for the improvement of the draft model. Further research is underway with another supply chain from Gladstone with the intention to test the improved model or SPEMS.

The research identified the need to extend the concept of supply chains to include important interested parties. A “Network of interested partners (NIP)” is therefore defined by the researchers. The term NIP has been used in place of supply chain in the research and in this paper. Some other terms were created or improved by the researchers and include “Sustainability Performance Evaluation Management Systems (SPEMS)”, “Sustainability Friendly”, Sustainability (for organisations) and sustainability KPIs.

The material presented is derived in part from PhD studies of Flavio Coelho at CQU.

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