Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.09.2018 - 24.10.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kim Seongtae

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Katri Kauppi, Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Teaching assistant: Weimu You, Doctoral student in Logistics

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period I (2018-2019) Töölö campus

Period II (2019-2020) Otaniemi campus (period change confirmed by the Aacademic Committee of Business and Economics in June 2019)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Details on the course content (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 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

40% Exam
60% Assignments

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (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%

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 24 h
Independent work 133 h
Exam 3 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Via WebOodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In minimum 15 students are required for the course to be organized.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

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


Registration and further information