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MITx: Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Transform your organization's climate pledges into actionable strategies through better supply chain management. Modeled on our for-credit MIT course, SCM.290x provides the foundation for you to meet stakeholders’ demands for supply chain sustainability.

10 weeks
8–12 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
This course is archived

About this course

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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 to 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, Sustainable Supply Chain Management is an online course that 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 learn 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.

Here are some of the key questions covered in the course:

How might you…

  • Identify environmental hotspots in your supply chain?
  • Understand transportation's effects on supply chains?
  • Implement environmental measurements into logistics decisions?
  • Build a green network distribution in your supply chain?
  • Design a circular supply chain?
  • Build sustainable sourcing operations and green replenishment strategies?
  • Leverage supply chain transparency to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainability?
  • Leverage consumer preferences into sustainable supply chain strategies?

This course combines case studies, applied projects, and business-case simulations for a dynamic, interactive learning experience.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills:Interactive Learning, Consolidation, Supply Chain Management, Data Analysis, Business Case, Supply Chain Strategy, Operations, Supply Chain, Geospatial Analysis

What you'll learn

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  • How to estimate corporate carbon footprint and identify hot spots in the supply chain
  • How to account for environmental estimations in supply chain and logistics decisions
  • How to balance and trade off sustainability strategies with business performance metrics
  • How to design a circular supply chain for your company
  • How to leverage consumers' preferences and demands into sustainable supply chain strategies

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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