MIT Sustainable Supply Chains


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What are Sustainable Supply Chains?

Supply chains are a powerful mechanism for connecting people and products, providing a ready venue for industry and stakeholders to collaboratively advance the Sustainable Development Goals. As consumers, governments and investors become increasingly conscious of environmental and social issues, many companies seek to address their concerns by reconsidering their supply chains.  But identifying, and more importantly, finding appropriate solutions for better and more sustainable systems proves challenging to most corporations that need to carefully balance competing business objectives and priorities.

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics launched Sustainable Supply Chains in 2018 as an umbrella program that brings together our sustainability research, education, and outreach. Our goal is to connect research outcomes to practical settings, enabling companies and stakeholders to leverage supply chains as a beneficial force to reaching global sustainable development goals. We seek to improve visibility of  supply chain impacts and develop strategies to help reduce them, so companies can better address consumer, political, and shareholder concerns.

Current Research Initiatives

Sustainable Supply Chain engages in research with industry-leading companies, institutions and fellow academics.

State of Supply Chain Sustainability

Supply Chain Carbon Emissions

Supply Chain Traceability

Communicating Supply Chain Sustainability

Circular Supply Chains

More Sustainable Research at MIT CTL

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics has several Sustainable initiatives that aim to connect research outcomes to practical settings, enabling companies and stakeholders to leverage supply chains as a beneficial force to reaching sustainable development goals. 

Sustainable Logistics Initiative

MegaCity Logistics Lab

Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab

Our Research Partners

Blue Yonder
Sam's Club

Sustainable Supply Chain Updates

Decarbonizing the Air Transportation Sector

Decarbonizing the Air Transportation Sector

New Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) greenhouse gas (GHG) emission accounting and insetting guidelines developed through a collaboration between MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) and Smart Freight Centre (SFC).

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New Accounting Guidelines for Sustainable Aviation Fuels coming Summer 2021 via collaboration with @smartfreightctr #MIT #Sustainablefuel #MIT #SmartFreightCentre #2021SAFGuidelines @MITSustainChain @hickmana @varney2

Within the last two decades, GHG emissions from aviation have increased by 50% as passenger flight activity has grown two and a half times. Guidelines coming summer 2021 - #sustainable #aviation

What's in the new MIT Climate Action Plan? We will expand our network of climate leaders with at least 20 faculty hires, mid-career ignition grants for climate research, and up to 100 new student fellowships in climate & sustainability.

MIT has released an ambitious new plan for action to address the world’s accelerating climate crisis. “Our approach is to build on what the MIT community does best — and then aspire for still more,” says Vice President for Research @maria_zuber .

Companies are pursuing sustainability in their #SupplyChains to reduce repetitional risk and increase brand equity, but what are the barriers to achieving supply chain #Sustainability success? @hickmana @KellenBetts @varney2 @MITSustainChain #MIT

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