The whole chain

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Science  06 Jun 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6188, pp. 1108
DOI: 10.1126/science.1256025

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A commercial port town on the East China Sea, a bustling manufacturing city in Ireland, and a scenic city on the Mediterranean coast—what ties together these regions and their people, economies, and environments? They could be part of a product's supply chain. Because the global economy rests on the maintenance of such chains, there needs to be a shift in perspective, from considering supply chains as isolated parts to optimizing them as sustainable wholes. The good news is that academia, industry, government, and civil society organizations recognize this and are seeking ways to work together to achieve sustainability across supply chains.