Welcome to the Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation (SSCF).
The SSCF funds and conducts research related to sustainability in global and domestic supply chains. It works to identify, assess and contribute to standards, metrics, best practices and emerging technologies that advance sustainability in every aspect of supply chain management.
What is sustainable supply chain management?
Sustainable supply chain management involves integrating environmentally and financially viable practices into the complete supply chain lifecycle, from product design and development, to material selection, (including raw material extraction or agricultural production), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, distribution, consumption, return and disposal. Environmentally sustainable supply chain management and practices can assist organizations in not only reducing their total carbon footprint, but also in optimizing their end-to-end operations to achieve greater cost savings and profitability. All supply chains can be optimized using sustainable practices.
Sustainability in the supply chain encapsulates a number of different priorities:
Supply chain sustainability practices, in order to succeed, must deliver improved environmental performance within a financially viable operating construct.
Why a 'sustainable supply chain?'
"Even though we were the first manufacturer in America to offset 100% of the CO2 emissions from our manufacturing plants, these incredible offsets amounted to a rounding error in terms of our total carbon footprint. We realized that our supply chain — what’s coming in and going out of our plant — represents 80% to 90% of our total carbon footprint. So despite the great things we did in our plant, unless we tackled our supply chain’s carbon footprint, we were nowhere." —Gary Hirshberg, President and CEO, Stonyfield Farms
It is clear that, supply chains, for most organizations, have a far greater impact on the environment than any other part of their operations. While most corporate and public focus has been on the sustainable profile of a product, (i.e. its source and whether it is recyclable), there is a need to spotlight and to understand the sustainability issues related to the transportation and distribution of those products.
Beyond the obvious benefits of reducing overall carbon footprint, and reducing energy and resource consumption, there are many other reasons why organizations should care about sustainability in their supply chains:
Posted September 16, 2014
Director Richard Bank delivered a presentation on Sustainability and Energy Savings in the Logistics Industry, focusing on warehouse operations, at the 2014 Biennial Workshop in the Program on Energy-Aware Operations in Manufacturing and Service Enterprises organized by Penn State University and the National Science Foundation.
The conference program targeted sustainability and energy issues in building operations, logistics operations, the power grid and factory operations.
Posted August 4, 2014
Richard Bank, Director of the SSCF, gave a presentation on Sustainable Supply Chain Management on August 4, 2014 at the Corporate Environmental Forum Meeting organized by ORCHSE Strategies, LLC in Washington, DC.
Posted June 12, 2014
Richard Bank presents at the 12th Annual North American 3PL Summit and Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum.
Posted January 27, 2014
Richard Bank, Director, Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation supplies an update on the organization's efforts to instill voluntary standards for sustainability in the warehouse, as well as other logistics processes.
Posted September 17, 2013
SSCF Director Richard Bank presented a paper drafted with the assistance with Richard Murphy of Murphy Warehouses, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Dr. Serm Kulvatunyou of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) entitled Warehousing Sustainability Standards Development at Penn State’s International Advances in Production Management Systems Conference on September 12, 2013.
Posted May 21, 2013
The Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation (SSCF) is pleased to announced that Christina Boulineaux will be joining The Foundation as an Intern on June 1. A 2010 graduate of the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, Christina will be entering her junior year at the University of St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland in September.
Posted March 28, 2013
SSCF Director Richard Bank will be moderating a panel on the Sustainable Supply Chain - Environmentally Conscious Growth at the Eyefortransport 11th North American 3PL Summit in Chicago. which will be held June 18-20.
Posted March 28, 2013
On April 16, SSCCF Director Richard Bank will be addressing the Spring Conference of the Canadian Council of the International Logistics Warehouse Association in Toronto, Ontario.
Posted March 12, 2013
Professor Rachelle C. Sampson, Ph.D of the University of Maryland Smith School of Business joins the SSCF Advisory Board.
Posted February 21, 2013
Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation ( SSCF) Director Richard Bank, and Richard Murphy, President and CEO of Murphy Warehouse, and Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the International Warehouse Logistics Association, will be giving a presentation on February 27 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Posted February 20, 2013
ALAN Receives Support from Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation
Posted January 31, 2013
SSCF Director Richard Bank will deliver a presentation on supply chain and logistics sustainability at Agrion’s Energy and Sustainability Summit in New York February 19 and 20.
Posted January 31, 2013
SSCF Announces Formation of Advisory Board
Posted November 30, 2012
Richard Bank and Lisa Harrington, directors of the Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation, bring us up to date on the group's efforts to introduce third-party verification of companies' sustainability programs. [Run Time (Min.): 12:54
Mark your calendar — December 20, DC Velocity webcast entitled “Measuring Sustainability in Your Supply Chain”: SSCF Director Richard Bank, together with Ron Massman, CEO of The Dependable Companies, will participate in a special webcast to discuss the International Warehouse & Logistics Association’s (IWLA) Sustainable Logistics Initiative (SLI). The webcast is scheduled for 3PM EST. Register for the free webcast at gotomeeting.com.
SSCF Director Richard Bank spoke at the National Industrial Transportation League’s (NITL) 104th Annual Meeting & TransComp Exhibition in Atlanta, November 15. View the full presentation under our news tab or by clicking here.
View a recent video interview with SSCF Director Richard Bank from SupplyChainBrain.com discussing the foundation’s work with the IWLA.
Read a special report from DC Velocity on the SSCF’s work on IWLA’s Sustainable Logistics Initiative.
June – July
March 18-20, 2012 – IWLA Convention & Expo, San Francisco, Calif. SSCF and IWLA will present a progress report on the IWLA’s Sustainable Logistics Initiative (SLI) on Monday, March 19. For more event details, visit this link.
June 6th and 7th, 2012—