The objectives of this study are to identify and systematize scholarly articles on the use of information system to support sustainable supply chain management and to suggest future research opportunities. Therefore, a structured literature review was conducted. The most relevant studies identified were classified and categorized into seven dimensions: research context, research focus, research method, sector analyzed, information system (IS) beneficiaries, relationship between IS and green supply chain practices, and performance benefits. The main authors and articles on this particular topic were identified. In addition, it was concluded that IS is an important support tool for sustainable supply chain management practices since it brings benefits to the organization, suppliers, and customers. Furthermore, IS positively influences the operational, financial, and environmental performance of the organization. However, further advances in the literature are still needed. The major contribution of this research is related to the recommendations that provide opportunities for future research.
The integration of environmental aspects into organizations’ strategic and operational decisions is a reality that affects not only the organization which makes decisions, but also its customers and suppliers (Sarkis, 2003). A critical issue that demonstrates the growing concern over sustainability issues is the convergence of supply chain and sustainability (Seuring & Müller, 2008; Srivastava, 2007; Zhu & Sarkis, 2004). Seeking to incorporate environmental and sustainable practices into the supply chain, organizations have demanded a great deal of information from their partners. Thus, information systems (IS) have become important tools for the adoption and management of these new practices (Chen, Tai, & Hung, 2012; Dao, Langella, & Carbo, 2011; Green, Zelbst, Meacham, & Bhadauria, 2012; Green, Zelbst, Bhadauria, & Meacham, 2012; Hu, Li, Chen, & Wang, 2014; Khor, Thurasamy, Ahmad, Halim, & May-Chiun, 2015; Sarkis, Koo, & Watson, 2013; Shaft, Sharfman, & Swahn, 2001; Wognum, Bremmers, Trienekens, van der Vorst, & Bloemhof, 2011). IS hold greater promise for addressing environmental issues in organizations; they can support business initiatives in reducing negative environmental impacts (Jenkin, Webster, & McShane, 2011). Bose and Luo (2011) state it is imperative that organizations understand how to integrate information systems and green initiatives in order to improve business sustainability and identify better practices.