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Quality and Environmental Management Systems in the Fashion Supply Chain

Quality and Environmental Management Systems in the Fashion Supply Chain
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Author(s): Chris K. Y. Lo (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 19
Source title: Fashion Supply Chain Management: Industry and Business Analysis
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tsan-Ming Choi (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-756-2.ch006


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Consumers and stakeholders have rising concerns over product quality and environmental issues, and therefore, quality and environmental management have become important topics for today’s fashion products manufacturers. This chapter presents some empirical evidence of the adoption of quality management systems (QMS) and environmental management systems (EMS) and their impact on fashion and textiles related firms’ supply chain efficiency. Although both management systems are commonly adopted in the manufacturing industries and becoming a passport to business, their actual impacts specifically on the fashion supply chain have not been explored. By investigating the adoption of ISO 9000 (a quality management system) and ISO 14000 (an environmental management system) in the U.S. fashion and textiles firms, we estimate their impact on manufacturers’ supply chain performance. Based on 284 publicly listed fashion and textiles manufacturing firms in the U.S., we find that fashion and textiles firms operating cycle time had shortened by 15.12 days in a five-year period. In the cross-sectional analysis, the results show that early adopters of ISO 9000 and high-tech textiles related firms obtained more supply chain benefits. We only find mixed results of the impact of ISO 14000 on supply chain performance.

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