University of Lahore

Interactive Session on Sustainability in Supply Chains
The University of Lahore 1 - KM Defence Road, Lahore

Supply chain sustainability (SCS) is a holistic view of  processes, logistics and technologies that addresses the environmental, social, economic and legal aspects of a supply chain's components. Factors that affect SCS include amount of waste, carbon footprint and emissions, air pollution, labor violations, deforestation and the health and safety of workers. SCS is based on the principle that socially responsible products and practices are not only good for the planet and the people who live here, they are also good for building positive brand awareness, minimizing environmental impact and improving long-term profitability. An organization's supply chain connects inputs to outputs, outlining the process of producing and delivering consumer goods. Focusing on the supply chain is one aspect of achieving business sustainability as it covers a range of areas for improvement. This could include identifying the source of raw materials or surveying the conditions of workers involved in every process.

The Cluster of Supply Chain Management at Lahore Business School, The University of Lahore organized a guest speaker session on “Sustainability in Supply Chains”. The guest speaker was Dr. who is Assistant Professor at School of Business & Economics, University of Management and Technology, Lahore. He earned his PhD degree in Green Supply Chain Management from Wuhan University of Technology, China and have published many papers in the same domain.

 Dr. Amir explained that historically, supply chain was simply about logistics and knowing when and where goods were moving, but the rise of the digital supply chain and accompanying visibility and analytics tools has provided companies with the ability to gather data about how well each component in the supply chain demonstrates corporate social responsibility. This transparency has promoted the concept of responsible sourcing and encouraged supply chain partners to develop and share best practices for green operations and logistics. It has also allowed prospective partners to demonstrate compliance with industry best standards for worker safety, environmental protection and business ethics. In large companies, the task of demonstrating supply chain sustainability may be given to a supply chain analyst or sustainability officer. In addition to developing and implementing programs and processes in support of sustainability, the job may also involve qualifying new suppliers, ensuring delivery and quality performance targets are achieved and supporting supplier diversity policies.

At the end of the session Program Manager, LBS Ms. Maliha Barry shared her views about the event and emphasized that such events can help students to integrate practical knowledge with theoretical knowledge.

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