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

Sustainable Supply Chain Updates

2021 State of Supply Chain Sustainability Survey

2021 State of Supply Chain Sustainability Survey

The goal of this survey is to gain a better understanding of the state of sustainable supply chains year by year. This is the 2nd year of the survey that will be continued annually. We aim to survey professionals globally across industries, regions, and positions to...

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In the News…

In the News…

So much news, so little time. To keep track of all the latest news from our sustainability team, we are posting snippets from news items featuring our team. Check out the latest interviews Alexis and Suzanne have given! July 2020:  Data, Not Digitalization, Transforms...

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Today is the launch of the Last Mile Routing Research Challenge hosted by @Amazon and supported by MIT CTL. Are you interested in creating innovative, data-driven approaches to solving complex, realistic route planning problems? Get the details.

The 13th Annual MIT Global SCALE Network Supply Chain Student Research Expo is now #virtual worldwide. Would you like to attend? Register at: #global #event @ism @mitscmstudents @josue_logistics

Are you feeling the #Sustainability pressure? Take our quick, anonymous survey, and let us know. BONUS - if you choose, you'll be entered to win an MIT swag bag! #survey #SupplyChain #BusinessPlan #MIT #research @cscmp @MITSustainChain @hickmana

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