PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (10): 1462-1472.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2019.10.002

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Concept and research framework of greening global value chain

SHEN Jing,CAO Yuanyuan   

  1. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen Unviersity, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2019-05-31 Revised:2019-08-14 Online:2019-10-28 Published:2019-11-01
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(No. 41871111);National Natural Science Foundation of China(No. 41371138)


With the deepening of the global division of labor and widespread attention to environmental issues, the research framework of global value chain has become an important tool for Western academia to study cross-regional, global-local linkages and environmental power game in environmental issues. Through a review of the existing literature, this article introduces the greening of industries into the analytical framework of global value chain. The concept of greening global value chain is summarized as follows: the green processing on multinational production networks including raw material purchasing, production, sale, transportation, and recycling with a focus on the redistribution of environmental value. Then the research framework of greening global value chain was preliminarily constructed, including the driving mechanism of greening global value chain, the greening of management in different governance modes of global value chain, and the greening industrial upgrading of local economic entities. The following research areas are proposed: the mechanism of interactions among actors who drive the greening global value chain, regulation of governance network on greening global value chain, the environmental impact assessment of greening industrial upgrading and greening global value chain, among others. Different themes and characteristics of researches on greening global value chain are also identifies for the regional, national, and global scales. Finally, topics of future research on greening global value chain are suggested: the definition of the power relationship among actors, the model of greening governance, and the greening production network at the global scale. The purpose of this article is to provide a theoretical basis for the analysis of environmental problems in the global value chain.

Key words: global value chain, greening process, research framework, spatial context