Building a Sustainable Supply Chain

Sustainability in the supply chain provides a win-win for every organization—it’s good for the environment and for profitability. This program will equip you with the latest tools, concepts, and business practices for managing an environmentally and economically sustainable supply chain.

Short Course

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain


Sustainability in the supply chain provides a win-win for every organization—it’s good for the environment and for profitability. This program will equip you with the latest tools, concepts, and business practices for managing an environmentally and economically sustainable supply chain.

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Current Offerings


Jun 24, 2024


Jun 27, 2024


June 24-27, 2024: 8:30-11:45am Eastern


Live Remote



Dec 03, 2024


Dec 06, 2024


December 3-6, 2024: 8:30-11:45am Eastern


Live Remote


Who Should Attend

  • This program benefits those in a mid- to senior-level management or executive role responsible for operations, supply chain, sourcing, procurement, or sustainability. Titles of participants have included:
    • Director, Quality & Risk Management
    • Perishable Network Manager
    • Chief, Material Planning
    • Buyer/Inventory Supervisor
    • Director of Sales

Program Benefits

  • Improve 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
    • Reduce operating cost and risks
    • Design waste out of your products, services, and value chain
    • Build brand and reputational equity
    • Improve supply chain resiliency and business continuity
    • Stay ahead of regulatory pressure

Program Content

This program will be highly participatory and action oriented. Your preconceptions will be challenged and you will leave with a more holistic view of how sustainability offers a breadth of both challenges and opportunities.

  • 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 a 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
A significant aspect of this program was the integration with industry-leading representatives. They were very knowledgeable in the field and provided me with deeper perspective.
Rich Fitzhenry

Value For You and Your Organization

The logistics sector has been at the forefront of green innovation for the direct results it drives to the bottom line. The best supply chain leadership today requires the identification and management of environmental and social risks and opportunities. You will leave with specific, practical steps that will immediately begin to add value by focusing on the largest sustainability risks and opportunities.

The Executive Programs Short Course Experience

All of our transformational learning experiences provide the right environment for you to quickly develop and apply new capabilities.


You'll have access to a personal learning portal where you will obtain pre-program assignments, travel support (if applicable), and a list of fellow participants. Pre-work prepares you to immediately engage in content and learning allowing for a more effective application of knowledge.

Practical Content

Our learning experiences pair practical action learning and coaching with new knowledge, tools, and perspectives. We'll explore current, real-world examples of how organizations around the globe address critical challenges and how it may relate to yours.

Led by Experts

Plug into our network of thought leaders. Our award-winning teachers, researchers, consultants, and practitioners understand today's leaders and the critical challenges they face. They will work with you to offer guidance before, during, and after each program.

Peer Networking

You'll learn as much from your peer cohort as you do from the instructors! The value of different perspectives coming from different organizations and their challenges are immeasurable.


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

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Customize This Program

All programs can be tailored to your organization and team, and be delivered to groups of 10 or more. Contact us about custom program possibilities. Customize Request Info 800-311-6364
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Additional Details

Our Learning Solutions Associate 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. To reserve your spot, click the ‘Save my Seat’ button next the program’s offering, listed above.

Discount Rates

  • 20%: In-Person delivery, or Live Remote delivery with 20+ participants on same invoice (Contact us to register your group)
  • 10%: Live Remote delivery


Tuition discounts are available for:

  • DoD or government employees
  • Penn State alumni
  • Individuals who commit to earning a Professional Certificate
  • Teams of three or more attending from the same organization
  • CSCR Corporate Sponsors and other affiliated groups (with valid discount code)

After registration, you will receive access to your personal learning portal. There you can find the following information:

  • Pre-program assignments, which prepare you for the program before the start date
  • A list of program faculty and fellow registered participants
  • Travel coordination and support, if applicable


If an accepted Penn State Executive Programs applicant finds it necessary to transfer to another session of the same program, one transfer will be allowed with no charge if arranged more than six (6) weeks prior. Additional transfers, transfers to a different program, or transfers arranged less than six (6) weeks prior incur a charge of 10% of the current program fee.

The sponsoring company may identify a replacement candidate, but the replacement candidate must be accepted for the program through an admissions review.


The following refunds will apply for withdraws if Penn State Executive Programs is notified in writing within the time period stated:

  • Full refund with notification received more than six (6) weeks prior to start of the program
  • 50% refund with notification received between two (2) and six (6) weeks before the start of the program.
  • No refund with notification received two (2) weeks or less prior to the start of program.

Note: The registered participant or their agent must confirm all notification of withdrawals, transfers and substitutions in writing. If written notification is not received, the full program fee will be assessed.


The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges by airlines or travel agencies. In the case of postponement, as an alternative to a refund, program fees may be transferred to another session of that program.

If you have any questions or concerns about our cancellation policy, please contact us to discuss further.