Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management
Firms today face increasing pressure from activists, investors, and customers, to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations and supply chains as well as uphold basic human rights and labor standards for the people who produce the materials/ components/ products. At the same time, using a sustainability lens to look at its operations and supply chain, a firm can identify new opportunities for improving efficiency and innovations. Further sustainability (environmental/ social) as an artifact has to combine with a discussion of responsibility. That is, how is the responsibility (for ensuring sustainability) apportioned across the extended value chain that includes the end consumers? This course examines how to design and manage environmentally and socially responsible operations and supply chains.