Green Supply Chain Management

Two people in orangutan custumes holding a sign that says, "Nestle, Give us a break!"

Environmental NGO, Greenpeace, acted on a protest against Nestle over the palm oil plantation controversy, which is used as a case study in this course for students to learn the multi-stakeholder engagements, as well as corporate social responsibilities. (Image courtesy of Philip Reynolds. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2014



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The half-semester graduate course in Green Supply Chain Management will focus on the fundamental strategies, tools and techniques required to analyze and design environmentally sustainable supply chain systems. Topics covered include: Closed-loop supply chains, reverse logistics systems, carbon footprinting, life-cycle analysis and supply chain sustainability strategy.

Class sessions will combine presentations, case discussions and guest speakers. All students will work on a course-long team project that critically evaluates the environmental supply chain strategy of an industry or a publicly traded company. Grades will be based on class participation, case study assignments and the team project.

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Edgar Blanco, Alexis Bateman, and Anthony Craig. ESD.S43 Green Supply Chain Management. Spring 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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