Helping to build a sustainable future through the greening of industry and its networks: Knowledge sharing and action promotion

Joseph Sarkis*, Diego Vazquez-Brust, Theo De Bruijn, Kurt Fischer, Maria Laura Franco-Garcia, Somporn Kamolsiripichaiporn, Harn Wei Kua, Martin Lehmann, Ilangovan Kuppusamy

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The Greening of Industry Network (GIN) is into its third decade of involvement in integrated environmental, social, and economic debates. This paper introduces GIN to another generation of thinkers and doers, and reintroduces it to participants who have had previous experiences with GIN and/or its activities. GIN's history and the various 'debates' sponsored by the organization over the years will be overviewed. We also identify debates and directions that we see continuing or emerging over the next few years, as GIN continues to evolve. Although GIN has been an active player in the debates about the greening of industrial development for two decades, it has evolved as social, technological, organizational, and economic developments changed. Over its two-plus decades, GIN has seen significant shifts in a number of directions, many of these shifts occurring in sporadic and unexpected ways. Climate change, resource depletion, sustainability, technological change with an expanding global communication network, social media, multiple recessions and growth periods, base of pyramid emphasis, a growing academic stream in business and the environment, have all contributed to the various lenses of GIN participants and thereby shaped action and activities in the Network. Change continues. GIN will be there to help understand and address some of these changes as they pertain to the Greening of Industry.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Cleaner Production
Issue numberJuly
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01.07.2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Greening of industry
  • Conferences
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Multi-stakeholder
  • Non-profit
  • Sustainability


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