Gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to create resilient, efficient, and sustainable supply chains.

Supply chain management is evolving at a rapid pace. From the growth of disruptive technologies to increasing social and environmental challenges, organisations are feeling the pressure to rethink operations, and harness the latest technology to create efficient, resilient, and sustainable supply chains.

The University of Cambridge Sustainable Supply Chain Management online short course focuses on the technological and environmental aspects of supply chain management to future-proof supply chains. You’ll learn how to leverage industry changes and disruptions to optimise logistics and procurement management, and build sustainable business processes. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of how supply chain processes impact the broader environment.

Drawing on innovative business models, integrated supply chain analytics, KPI formulations, and the latest technology, this logistics-focused course will expose you to ongoing industry transformation. You’ll be equipped with the tools to implement meaningful change in your role and organisation.


Is this supply chain management course for you?


This online course is designed for professionals looking for personal development and to support their organisation in future-proofing their supply chain strategies to allow them to continue adding value as global sustainability evolves. It’s beneficial for members of management who want to understand how to incorporate agile and resilient mechanisms into their supply chains to benefit their organisations, whether they are new to logistics and supply chain management or simply interested in updating their skills. This course is also highly relevant for supply chain managers, sustainability specialists, strategic professionals, those in roles of logistics management and inventory management, and consultants. Professionals in similar positions, such as operations managers and those with certifications in freight logistics and supply chain, who are looking to shift career focus to supply chain management, will gain a thorough understanding of their future career path.

The goal of sustainable supply chain management

Sustainable supply chain management includes practices that aim to minimise the environmental impact of the supply chain while also improving social and economic conditions. The goal of supply chain management is to minimise cost while maximising customer satisfaction. Many businesses are interested in sustainable supply chain management to help reduce their environmental footprint and improve their inventory control, reputation, and meet future demand.1

1Oracle Netsuite (May, 2021).

Importance of a supply chain management strategy

Every business is different, so your supply chain management strategy will be unique to your organisation. To develop an effective, sustainable supply chain management strategy, you’ll need to consider your organisation’s business model, industry, sector, suppliers, partners, and customers. A supply chain management strategy spells out an organisation’s goals, objectives, and plans to achieve them. The strategy defines what the company wants to do and how it plans to do it. It also sets the direction for the entire organisation, from top to bottom. A well-defined supply chain management strategy can help an organisation improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, reduce costs, and increase revenue.2

2 Gartner (Nd). Accessed May 9, 2022.


This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.

The Sustainable Supply Chain Management online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is accredited by the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA). ISCEA is the global leader in supply chain education, certification, and recognition courses. By completing this course, students will receive globally recognised skills in the supply chain occupation, networking opportunities with like-minded individuals, and discounted fees for Certified Sustainable Supply Chain Professional (CSSCP) certification.