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Section I Introduction to the Sustainable Supply Chain 

Chapter 1      Sustainable Supply Chain Management-The Next Industrial Revolution

Section II The Foundations of Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Chapter 2      Sustainability-Reducing Waste, Enhancing Value, and Generating a Strategic Competitive Advantage

Chapter 3      Performance Measurement and Metrics-Enabling Transparency, Visibility, AND Sustainability

Section III The Key Activities of a Sustainable Supply Chain

Chapter 4      Standards and Tools in Support of Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Chapter 5      Design for Sustainability-Collectively Transforming Systems and Process

Section IV Emerging Issues in Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Chapter 6      Integrating Sustainability-Enabling People and Customers

Section V Sustainable Supply Chain Management Planning and Future Systems

Chapter 7      Sustainable Systems-Order Winners of the Future


Chapter 1

Sustainable Supply Chain Management-The Next Industrial Revolution

Objectives

  • Define what sustainable supply chain management is and is not.
  • Introduce the paradigm shift of sustainability as not involving dichotomous trade-offs, but inclusive, collaborative, and integrative ?processes for improved performance.
  • Recognize that sustainability is not someone else's job, it's everyone's job!

Action Items

  • Look for a definition of sustainability from a competitor and reflect on how this can be improved upon and aligned within your own firm.
  • What are the environmental and social impacts of your supply chain?

Chapter 1 Audit Question Survey

Chapter 2

Sustainability-Reducing Waste, Enhancing Value, and Generating a Strategic Competitive Advantage

Objectives

  • Understand the notion of waste, as it provides new insight to sustainability.
  • Recognize the role of business models in making sustainability a strategic imperative.
  • Appreciate the importance of "sustainable value added" for assessing sustainability. 

Action Items

  • What companies in your own industry do you consider leaders in sustainability? Why?
  • What is your business model: key customer, value proposition, and capabilities?
  • How can you start measuring value creation and waste to enable the concept of Sustainable Value Added?

Chapter 2 Audit Question Survey

Chapter 3

Performance Measurement and Metrics-Enabling Transparency, Visibility, AND Sustainability

Objectives

  • Understand the basics of performance measurement, including benchmarking, and how and where to integrate sustainability.
  • Introduce programs, guidelines, and tools to measure and manage supply chains.
  • Review key performance indicators providing insight for carriers and less-than-truck-load service providers.

Action Items

  • Run your business as if you did have to pay for carbon emissions, how would this change your approach to decision making, management, and supply chain integration?
  • What existing groups and teams can be leveraged as champions of sustainability?
  • How do you currently establish performance goals? Will this process be any different for natural or social capital?

Chapter 3 Audit Question Survey

Chapter 4

Standards and Tools in Support of Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Objectives

  • Review the sources and types of standards.
  • Highlight prominent standards supporting sustainability initiatives.
  • Understand how to apply problem-solving approaches and process tools to sustainability.

Action Items

  • What sustainability standards are used in your industry?
  • What sustainability standards align with existing core capabilities and your business model?
  • What process management tools are in use within your company?

Chapter 4 Audit Question Survey

Chapter 5

Design for Sustainability-Collectively Transforming Systems and Process

Objectives

  • Understand what firms are doing to integrate sustainability into stage-gate new product design processes.
  • See opportunities though a design and systems thinking lens.
  • Review current frameworks and tools of sustainable design.
  • Leverage design for sustainability (DfS) to improve product and process efficiency.

Action Items

  • Where is your firm on the sustainability adoption model?
  • Review The Natural Step conditions and apply this framework to your operations, what issues become apparent?
  • Can you find opportunities for LCA and industrial ecology within your operations and supply chain?

Chapter 5 Audit Question Survey

Chapter 6

Integrating Sustainability-Enabling People and Customers

Objectives

  • Understand the integrated supply chain is and such tactics as supplier base management and interoperability.
  • Review the drivers, barriers, and enablers associated with integrating the supply chain into corporate sustainability initiatives.
  • Apply a systematic approach to making sustainability a day-to-day habit.

Action Items

  • How many tiers of suppliers do you have in your supply chain, and do you know where all of your materials and components come from?
  • What management systems are already in place that will enable sustainability as a collaborative part of how you operate your business rather than having sustainability as a peripheral activity?
  • How would the UBS help integrate sustainability into your operations and supply chain?

Chapter 6 Audit Question Survey

Chapter 7

Sustainable Systems-Order Winners of the Future

Objectives

  • Provide a structured approach to planning and implementation.
  • Review the self-assessment process.
  • Review the foundations of SSCM (a synthesis of prior chapters).
  • Enable action learning and an applied approach to using the information in this book.