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
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....
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
Previous Projects at the Lab
s research focuses on the fundamental strategies and techniques required for organizational change to embed sustainability across the supply chain.
This project is an investigation into technology innovations for supply traceability.
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
Reduce wasted food leads to improved margin and & fights food insecurity.
A System Design and Management Thesis focusing on the preliminary design and routing of a biodiesel supply chain in Mexico City.
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.
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.
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.