In-Company Short Training Courses in Supply Chain Sustainability.

Course Title: Sustainability in the Supply Chain.

The course is designed to:

Provide the delegate with a detailed understanding of how sustainability agendas have risen to the forefront of corporate strategies, the importance of aligning sustainability approaches and supply chain strategies to corporate goals. It also examines how sustainability is central to modern supply chain thinking.

Course aims:

To raise awareness of the range and scope of the drivers behind the rise of the sustainability agenda in corporate life and show how supply chain management plays a key role in deploying sustainability into the organisation’s business operations and to look at the practical steps the supply chain professional can take to deliver a sustainability strategy for the organisation.

Learning outcomes – At the end of the course students will be expected to be able to:

  • Define sustainability particularly in terms relevant to the inbound supply chain.
  • Be able to use appropriate methodologies to understand and analyse the drivers behind corporate sustainability strategies with particular emphasis on the organisations supply chains.
  • Understand the importance of sustainability as a strategic business imperative and describe how this can be structured and implemented in a supply chain context.
  • Be able to set, describe and evaluate discrete sustainability strategies used in the supply chain.
  • Describe the waste hierarchy.
  • Know the importance of specification in the delivery of a successful sustainability in supply chain strategy.
  • Recognise and use ‘whole life impact’ audits for particular products.

Indicative Content:

The growth in importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain:

  • The history of the development of Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • The impact of the environment and climate change of corporate social responsibility.
  • The ethical dimension of supply chain management.

Incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility within the supply chain strategy:

  • Creating the sustainability vision.
  • Promoting greater environmental sustainability.
  • Encouraging a diverse base of suppliers.
  • Promoting fair employment practices within the supply chain.
  • Promoting workforce welfare with your suppliers.
  • Addressing strategic labour needs and enabling training.
  • Understanding the wider community benefits.
  • Ethical sourcing practices.

The essential components:

    • Sustainability in the purchasing cycle.
    • Using the business case and requirement specification to increase sustainability.
    • Localisation and the SME population.
    • Increasing the diversity of the supply chain and supply base.
    • Ethical Sourcing and a fair deal for all.

Implementing Sustainable Supply Chains:

  • Setting up the sustainability project.
  • Governance structure.
  • Resources, costs and timescales.
  • Work-streams.
  • Managing stakeholders.
  • The legal position on sustainability.
  • Defining areas for action.
  • Sizing the opportunity case for sustainability.
  • Implementing a measurement process.

Further reading:

The course will identify and cover in full detailed learning outcomes required for assessment purposes. However, if you wish to read further in order to supplement your learning and cement your understanding of the course, content, aims, and purposes, we recommend the following book(s):

Sustainability handbook – William Blackburn.

Sustainability in Supply Chain Management – Casebook – S. M. Leon.