Defining Next Generation Supply Chain Sustainability (2015)

Client Organization: 
Schneider Electric, Energy & Sustainability
Project Location : 
Various locations
Summary of Project Idea: 

With growing globalization, complexity has increased in the supply chain system. To mitigate the potential sustainability risks, comprehensive evaluation and assessment should be developed to provide deep understanding of the associated risks and mitigating strategies.

Additionally, supply chain visibility is a key issue in today's corporate sustainability area. Multiple stakeholders are engaged in the supply chain across the globe. To promote supply chain transparency, quantifiable metrics should be used to identify the hot-spots along the supply chain.

Researchers and practitioners have made progressive efforts in this promising area, while there is still plenty of space to improve. In our study, a more well-around approach is adopted to better capture the core value.

The project assessed questions regarding to supply chain sustainability, including what are the common supply chain structures and how it affects interactions in between stakeholders; how could a comprehensive quantitative evaluation method be developed to address triple bottom line for the supply chains; what are the geographical hot spots for the social, operational, and environmental risk; and what strategies and policies could industrial associations, policy makers, international organizations, and the corporate apply to improve supply chain sustainability.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Policy and Planning
Sustainable Systems
Contact full name: 
Rex Zhang
Job title: 
Sustainability Associate, Energy & Sustainability
State or Country: 
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Ming Xu
Contact Phone: 
Contact information: 
SNRE alum
U-M faculty member
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Yuanyuan Cui, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Meng Hu, MS Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Xinkai Xu, MA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Zhechi Zhang, MS Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project