Our Research

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics founded Sustainable Supply Chains to in order 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.  Learn more about our research below.

 

Current Projects at the Lab

State of Supply Chain Sustainability

State of Supply Chain Sustainability

The MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals have teamed up to launch the annual State of Sustainable Supply Chains Report that will answer these questions — and help companies gain a better understanding of the importance of supply chain sustainability to their enterprises, industries, and the planet.

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Circular Supply Chains

Circular Supply Chains

Recycling systems around the world have been thrown into chaos following China’s 2018 ban on the import of plastic waste. However, what has arguably created a global waste crisis can also be seen as an opportunity to re-invent inefficient or ineffective systems that...

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Communicating Supply Chain Sustainability

Communicating Supply Chain Sustainability

A key question companies face is how to communicate their supply chain sustainability achievements externally. In the past decades, many companies have invested in enhancing the environmental sustainability and social responsibility of their supply chain. This process...

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Supply Chain Traceability

Supply Chain Traceability

In the wake of various global scandals in supply chains including contamination, labor scandals, and environmental impacts, motivations for supply chain traceability and transparency are growing.

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Supply Chain Carbon Emissions

Supply Chain Carbon Emissions

Carbon emissions are the de facto currency of climate change, yet many companies struggle to quantify carbon emissions, especially in the supply chain. Our researchers work with industry and stakeholders to develop and implement new methods to track and reduce carbon...

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Previous Projects at the Lab

Towards Sustainable Palm Oil

The viability of entire industries depends heavily on social and environmental resources. One of the clearest examples of this is in the palm oil industry

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Smart Way & Transporte Limpio

A comparison of the U.S. SmartWay program, an EPA public private initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by freight transportation of corporate supply chains, with the Mexican spinoff, Transporte Limpio.

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Truck Drivers Quality of Life

This project examined current and best practices to improve the quality of life for truckers to increase driver retention for D4U, a trucking company based in Florida.

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Get Involved

At SSC, research is developed and refined within real-world settings. MIT researchers are actively involved in research and education with companies, international NGOs, industry groups and governments.

Interested in collaborating with us? Do you have a research idea? Send us an email to set up a time to discuss your ideas, questions and sustainability goals.