Creating Environmentally & Social Responsible Supply Chains

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What does sustainability have to do with business? Everything! Ignoring sustainability issues leads not only to reputational damage; it also affects the company’s growth and profitability as well. Neglecting sustainability issues has led to major accidents around the world, causing companies to lose billions of dollars in fines, recall, and cleanup efforts, while creating organizational instability as CEOs stepped down in the wake of such incidents.

Throughout the supply chain, organizations can no longer afford to ignore the importance of sustainability. Conference of Parties (COP26), the annual meeting attended by the signatory countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is arguably the most significant event focusing on climate change and sustainability since the 2015 Paris agreement. COP26 lists an ambitious plan of global net-zero emissions by 2050 and a temperature reduction by 1.5 degrees. Naturally, achieving this target requires a coordinated effort by governments and re-thinking strategies by organizations.

This course provides the basis for understanding—what is envisioned as sustainability and how it relates to larger issues of environmental damage, stakeholder value, and social impact; what comprises sustainable supply chain practices for-profit enterprises, and how to practice and measure improvement using sustainability thinking.

The primary focus of this course is a synthesis of learning about sustainable supply chain practices across the value chains of organizations. Further, the benefits of sustainable practices will be explored in more detail. Managers will learn how to drive sustainability programs in their organizations and supply chains, how to measure and report carbon footprints, and the emerging areas in sustainable practices such as closed-loop supply chains, reverse logistics and remanufacturing models.

For operations and supply chain managers looking to undertake sustainability programs and understand how these can be combined with profitability goals, this course will demonstrate how to achieve them effectively. The course will also highlight the policy changes that can shift expectations of supply chain managers to drive sustainability programs.

What you will learn
  • Understand what is envisioned as sustainable operations and factors that drive these initiatives
  • Learn sustainable operations frameworks and tools such as Carbon Footprinting
  • Learn how to design closed-loop supply chains and facilitate a shift towards circular supply chains
  • Learn about carbon neutrality and policy changes that impact supply chains in Asia
Learning requirements:

In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must attend the required sessions and complete any assignments by the given deadlines.


Debabrata Ghosh is an Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Asia School of Business. Previously, he held faculty positions at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation – MIT SCALE Network and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India. His research interests lie in the areas of Green Supply Chains, Sustainable Operations, Emerging Economy issues, Remanufacturing Models, Applications of Analytics in Supply Chains and Service Operations. He holds a Ph.D.(FPM) from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore where he was the Airbus scholarship recipient.


Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Preperations management, operations research, logistics and supply chain management, green supply chain management, pricing and revenue management and analytical methods in operations
Supply Chain and operations managers responsible for managing, supervising, and reporting on supply chains and logistics and looking to advance their career through supporting organizational sustainability goals

The Sustainable Supply Chains course is part of ASB’s Executive Certificate ‘Supply Chain and Logistics’ track, designed for professionals who are seeking an in-depth, comprehensive certification of their mastery and understanding in these topics.

World-class teaching meets innovation and emerging world expertise

The ASB Iclif Executive Education Center’s open-enrollment courses are designed for busy professionals to upskill themselves with short, accelerated courses. Each course in our open enrollment program is self-contained and crafted to provide you with the essential knowledge, skills & tools to navigate in today’s complex world. Our course content is developed by drawing on the rigor of our founding parents – Bank Negara Malaysia and MIT Sloan – and combining it with fresh, innovative cases and approaches developed out of emerging trends in Asia and the developing world.

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October 17 – 18

9.00am – 1.00pm

Changes to the delivery mode for ASB ICLIF Executive Education courses may be made in accordance with government policies

Program Fee

RM 3,000 / USD 770

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