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April 7, 2022


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To survive in today’s competitive environment, organisations need not only have an efficient and effective supply chain for the context in which they operate, they also have to consider issues of sustainability in their supply chain strategies

These issues are a consideration beyond those of environmental sustainability and also encompass social sustainability (ethics and wellbeing), financial sustainability, and network sustainability. This free course, Supply chain sustainability, introduces four sustainability perspectives and discusses how these perspectives can assess the sustainability of any supply chain.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by sustainability in the context of the supply chain
  • Explain the four perspectives of supply chain sustainability
  • Assess the degree of sustainability in your (or any other) organisation from each of these four perspectives, and provide suggestions for improving
  • Critically assess the extent of sustainability that is realistic in a given situation, and identify and explain the constraints to sustainability.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
  • What do we mean by the term ‘sustainable supply chain’? 00:15:00
    • The environmental perspective 00:10:00
    • The impact of logistics on the environment 00:20:00
    • The impact of manufacturing and production on the environment 00:15:00
    • The impact of waste on the environment 00:15:00
    • The financial perspective 00:10:00
    • The traditional bottom line 00:10:00
    • The social perspective 00:10:00
    • Ethics in the supply chain 00:15:00
    • The UN approach to sustainability 00:10:00
    • You are judged by who you do business with 00:15:00
    • The network perspective 00:10:00
    • Stakeholders in the supply chain 00:10:00
    • Best practice when working with stakeholders 00:15:00
    • The four perspectives of supply chain sustainability: a self-assessment 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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