Certificate in Sustainable Supply Chains

  • Certificate in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • 10 credits
  • 9
  • 12 weeks part-time
  • Online
  • Overview
  • Subjects
  • Entry Requirements
  • PAC CODES & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact us


The importance of sustainability in a supply chain extends beyond going green. A supply chain built on a sustainable platform creates more partnership opportunities because environmental responsibility is a crucial focal point in today’s industry. Practicing eco-awareness in every aspect of your business improves your reputation and further legitimizes your organization.

A sustainable supply chain also helps improve productivity while saving money at the same time. By using sustainable techniques and resources, you increase the efficiency of buildings, vehicles and machinery at a significant cost savings. Nike is a prime example of sustainability at work. The world’s number one shoe manufacturer changed how it makes some of its shoes and reduced labour costs by up to 50 percent and material use by 20 percent. The result was a 0.25 percent increase in margins.

The aim of the course is to underpin the importance of developing sustainable solutions at all levels of the supply chain from product design to delivery. Learners will learn to assess the potential value added from the adoption of a green agenda. They will gain insights into how to align sustainability with corporate strategy and global supply chain, marketing and distribution strategies.


The Concept of Sustainability; The Science of Sustainability; International Conventions and Protocols, Regulatory Frameworks

Sustainability and the Consumer
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Economic versus Philanthropic view; Consumer Awareness; The Role of Marketing in Sustainability;
Consumer perceptions, Ethics; Supply Chain Risk; Supply Chain Cost, Sustainable product design, Reuse/Recycle/Remanufacture, Cradle to Cradle concepts,

Green Logistics
Modes of Transport and Carbon Footprint; Green Logistics; Freight Transport; Emerging Legislative Frameworks;

Sustainable Manufacturing
Manufacturing in the Supply Chain; Energy Provision and Consumption; Cleaner Production; Waste Disposal; Waste Reduction;

Sustainable Product Design; Packaging; Green Procurement

Sustainable Warehousing
Warehousing and Distribution; Sustainability in Warehousing; Reverse Logistics; Recycling, Re-use and remanufacture

Sustainable Supply Chains
Monitoring compliance with Legislation; Measuring Environmental Impact; Reporting Environmental Impact

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.



How to Apply

Application form.

Contact us

Email: lll.cw@setu.ie