Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course is intended to provide an overall understanding of the triple bottom line i.e. economic, environmental and social sustainability in the context of supply chains. Students will understand the various ways in which environmental and social sustainability strategies and practices can be incorporated into different stages of a supply chain, and how these will impact supply chain (economic) performance. The course will also provide insights on the challenges related to the implementation issues in supply chain sustainability for organizations as well as for some key industries.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.09.2018 - 24.10.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Katri Kauppi, Katri Kauppi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Katri Kauppi, Katri Kauppi

Contact information for the course (valid 13.08.2018-21.12.2112):

Katri Kauppi, Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Teaching assistant: Weimu You, Doctoral student in Logistics

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course topics include the triple bottom line in supply chain context, benefits of sustainability in supply chains, environmental issues in purchasing and supply, sustainability in logistics, social sustainability in supply chains, sustainability sertifications and implementation issues. Both organization and industry perspectives are discussed on the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Detailed timetable will be revealed shortly once all guest lecturers have confirmed. Below are the topic areas.

    Lecture 1       Course introduction & Why
    sustainable supply chain management?

    Lecture 2       The triple bottom line –
    measures of economic, social and environmental sustainability in SCM

    Lecture 3       Green procurement

    Lecture 4        Sustainable transportation and

    Lecture 5        Green products and production

    Lecture 6          Reverse logistics

    Lecture 7         Guest lecture TBC

    Lecture 8         Purchasing ethics

    Lecture 9           Socially sustainable SCM

    Lecture 10       Socially sustainable SCM – Finnwatch guest lecture by Anu

    Lecture 11        Sustainability certifications(including
    class debate based on essay assignments)

    Lecture 12        Implementation issues – how to get

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    40% Exam
    60% Assignments


    Autumn 2020

    20% Exam
    25% Multiple choice quizzes based on pre-recorded video lectures
    55% Assignments (group & individual assignments)

  • Applies in this implementation:


    Case Sobey’s Inc 10%

    Case Walmart Canada 10%

    Case DHL envirosolutions 10%

    Analysis of a company sustainability report 20%


    Essay on sustainability certifications 10%

    Exam 40%

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 24 h
    Independent work 133 h
    Exam 3 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course book:
    Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Principles and Practices for Sustainable Operations and Management,  2nd Edition by David B. Grant, Chee Yew Wong and Alexander Trautrims. Kogan Page Ltd. 2017.
    ISBN-13: 978-0749478278
    ISBN-10: 0749478276

    Several academic articles will also be included in the study material, details will be given in the syllabys.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Recommended Tuotantotalouden perusteet 35A00310 or similar principles of operations management course

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Detailed timetable will be revealed shortly once all guest lecturers have confirmed.


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