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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

Innovations in environmental training for the mining industry

Innovations in environmental training for the mining industry

The Sustainable Supply Chains team collaborated with the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative and multinational mining company Vale to bring sustainability education to young engineering professionals in Brazil. Learn more about the program below and on MIT News....

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State of Supply Chain Sustainability Report – 2020

State of Supply Chain Sustainability Report – 2020

Download 2020 Report |Register to watch the State of Supply Chain Sustainability 2020 webinar on-demand In early July we released* the first annual State of Sustainability Report, co-produced by The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) and the...

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This week's blog article, written by Ken Cottrill, Editorial Director at MIT CTL discusses the recovery progress from the Covid-19 pandemic, the lessons learned from the crisis, and the implications for future supply chains. https://lnkd.in/gkruBeM

MITOS Student Fellow Isy Osubor explores the impacts of anthropogenic climate change and the urgent need for the work of sustainability in our newest Student Series https://bit.ly/3vZQOQA

Join us tomorrow at the @MIT Better World Campaign's "Toward a Sustainable Future" event! Featuring Q&A's with our team and our partners at @jwafs_mit, @mitenergy, @MITSloanSusty and many more. https://betterworld.mit.edu/events/sustainability/

How do you advance your knowledge about sustainability? #sustainablebusiness #research @hickmana #sustainable #MIT @mitsupplychain

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. https://routingchallenge.mit.edu/

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