Sustainable Supply Chain Management module (BU41008)

Sustainable Supply Chain Management is the flow of goods, services and data across the supply chain while minimising the environmental and social impacts.

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Sustainable Supply Chain Management integrates environmental, social, and economic considerations to optimise operations, reduce impact, unethical practices, and promote long-term viability, innovation, and responsible global commerce.

In our globalised world, companies face increasing pressure to prioritize social and environmental responsibility.

This module introduces you to the essentials of Sustainable Supply Chain Management allowing you to navigate the complexities of sustainability in supply chain practices.

Gain valuable insights into the mounting challenges posed by factors like population growth, resource depletion, food shortages, rising prices, and the critical issue of climate change.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • explore various initiatives aimed at addressing pressing sustainability issues
  • understand how regulations and policies shape sustainable supply chain practices
  • discuss sustainable operational strategies that effectively reduce waste, optimize resource utilization, and foster ethical decision-making throughout the supply chain

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • describe successful case studies of sustainable supply chain management
  • identify and confidently tackle sustainability challenges within supply chain management,
  • understand how to be a responsible and sustainable leader
  • look for new opportunities in the dynamic business environment
  • review how sustainable a business is and devise processes and strategies

Assignments / assessment

Reflective journal (30%)
  • individual reflective journal on simulation group work, highlighting the performance of the firm in profitability and sustainability
Individual report (70%)
  • A case study report discussing supply chain assessment tools in profitability and sustainability

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

You should expect weekly lectures and tutorials as well as workshops to allow you a chance to use the simulation software.

There are 11 weeks of teaching. For this module, the exact dates of teaching and/or reading weeks are to be confirmed.


This module is available on following courses: