Building a Sustainable Supply Chain

Enhance supply chain sustainability to better manage financial, social, and environmental risks and opportunities through this Penn State Executive Program. Topics include: supplier assessment, closed-loop supply chains, and meeting customers’ sustainability requirements.


  • When Sep 24, 2019 to Sep 26, 2019 (America/New_York / UTC-400)
  • Where University Park, PA
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Session Date: September 24-29, 2019

Sustainability in the supply chain provides a win-win for every organization. Not only is it good for the environment; it's also good for profitability. The logistics sector has been at the forefront of green innovation for this very reason. The best supply chain leadership today requires the identification and management of environmental and social risks and opportunities. 

Complete multiple supply chain offerings from Penn State Executive Programs to earn a professional certificate.

Program Objective

Traditional supply chain fundamentals are necessary but not sufficient in understanding and strategically managing new risks and opportunities in the realm of sustainability.  Driving this change is a combination of pressures from customers, suppliers, competitors, employees, regulations, and resource constraints.  This program  is designed to equip supply chain leaders with the latest tools, concepts, and business practices for managing an environmentally and economically sustainable supply chain.

"We live in an increasingly resource aware and resource constrained world. We need to live within our means and not borrow from the future. To build a sustainable tomorrow we need to make our supply chain sustainable today. In fact, I firmly believe that increased sustainability in the supply chain reduces risks and increases profits for all organizations and stakeholders.”
- Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Co-Founder of Infosys

Who Should Attend

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain is designed for mid- to senior-level leaders responsible for the development and management of operations and supply chain, sourcing or procurement strategy and execution. This course also will benefit environmental or sustainability managers who have a limited background in operations or supply chain management.   The course is also meant for those who work in areas such as manufacturing, product development, marketing and accounting, which are critical for any high-performing, resilient supply chain. This course is as an option for those pursuing the Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership.

Program Benefits

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain prepares you to understand and take advantage of strategic sustainability risks and opportunities in your supply chain. Specifically, you will strengthen your ability to:

  • Identify, understand, and measure the environmental and social risks of greatest strategic importance to your business
  • Integrate environmental and social measures into core supply chain fundamentals from procurement to operations management
  • Measure and report on financial returns from managing environmental and social costs and risks
  • Design waste out of your products, services, and value chain

This program awards 2.4 CEUs. Penn State Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom instruction.

Past participants have said:

 "Great class. I learned so much about sustainability. Never realized how serious a component this is to business."

 “Overall, the program challenged my vision of sustainability. I can clearly understand why sustainability is important to business and society. This class should be offered to the CEOs, CFOs, etc.”

Program Content

Faculty leaders and industry experts will provide you with practical tools related the SCOR® Model for supply chain management.  The Sustainable SCOR® model adds cutting edge tools and processes onto the proven SCOR® foundation.

Best Practices in Sustainable Supply Chain Management

  • Supplier assessment and development
  • Sustainable procurement to reduce cost and risk
  • Advanced strategies for collaborations and industry consortia

Measuring Impacts and Returns

  • Adding value and reducing risk thru life-cycle assessment
  • Accounting tools for auditing, tracking and reporting progress

Dynamic Regulatory and Voluntary Market Drivers

  • What they mean and how to benefit from them:  new regulations, certifications and standards
  • Changing legal frameworks around the world
  • Use of patents and legal protections to secure competitive advantage for sustainable products and services

Product Innovation, Design, and Stewardship

  • The impact of product design decisions
  • Extended producer responsibility
  • "Servicizing" and closed loop supply chains

Social Impact Management

  • Strategic stakeholder engagement for product/service innovation
  • Understanding deep supply chain issues
  • Working with NGO’s, civil society, and government

Value Created for You and Your Company

This program will be highly participatory and action-oriented.  You will leave with specific, practical steps that will immediately begin to add value by focusing on the largest sustainability risks and opportunities.  Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Reduce operating cost and risk
  • Improve supply chain resilience and business continuity
  • Build brand and reputational equity
  • Stay ahead of regulatory pressure


We've carefully designed this program to maximize your personal and professional development. Faculty present the most current methodologies and research and also bring practical experience to each session.

Faculty Director

Dr. Daniel Guide, Smeal Chaired Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Mark Anner, Associate Professor, Labor and Employment Relations; Director, Center for Global Workers’ Rights, College of Liberal Arts, Penn State

Mr. Erik Foley, Director of Sustainability, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Mr. Dave Kiser, Former Vice President of Sustainability, International Paper

Mr. Kevin McKnight, J.D., Consultant and Former Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Procurement, Alcoa, Inc.


Our enrollment coordinator will be happy to hold a seat for you in this program. A reservation does not commit you to the program until you submit the registration form online.

Questions? Please call 800-311-6364 or 814-865-3435

Related Programs

This program is one in a series for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Leadership. Participants must take two other courses from the list below to complete the Certificate:



NEW TIERED PRICING! We have modified our rates to provide you with a choice in accommodations. The new program fee of $3,150 covers tuition, materials, lunch, breaks, and the group dinner only. You may select our traditional meals and lodging package (for the Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater as program dictates) for an additional $600. If booking your own hotel, you are responsible for your lodging, travel to and from the program, and "on your own" dinners. 

Active military personnel, PSU alumni, and teams of three or more attending this program from one company are eligible for a 20% program discount.