Transform your organization's climate pledges into actionable strategies through better supply chain management. Modeled on our for-credit MIT course, this course provides the foundation for you to meet stakeholders’ demands for supply chain sustainability.

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The next session of SCM.290x begins October 11, 2023.
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Demand for sustainable supply chains is on the rise. Booming growth in e-commerce, fast-shipping consumer expectations, Covid-19, and many other developments have created an ever more competitive business environment for companies from all sectors and industries. Companies face increasing pressure to become more sustainable from all stakeholders, such as policymakers, shareholders, investors, and NGOs. At the same time, consumers demand more sustainable products and services. The critical challenge for people working within organizations is becoming more sustainable while continuing to meet ambitious business goals to remain competitive in the market.

While many organizations have established goals to reduce emissions or become carbon neutral in the next 10-20 years, they struggle to translate these goals into specific actions and strategies. People in organizations may ask questions like:

  • How do we scope the analysis of our supply chains?
  • What is the proper methodology to estimate emissions?
  • How do we implement actionable measurement strategies?

Whether you have a sustainability background or are new to the effort, this course will illuminate pathways for how you might build sustainable supply chains for your organization to achieve your sustainability goals while meeting—and even exceeding—business expectations.

In this course, you will study practical alternatives for optimizing carbon emissions using geospatial analysis and data analytics. Examine the "fast" and "green" delivery trade-offs in the new digital era, consumer relationships to sustainable products and services, and environmental costs of fast-shipping e-commerce. You will understand key concepts in supply chain sustainability, including supply chain carbon footprint, sustainable transportation, green vehicle routing, fleet assignment, truck consolidation, circular supply chains, sustainable sourcing, supply chain transparency, and green inventory management.