Sustainable Supply Chains in the Food and Beverage Industry

By February 4, 2007Library

To gain insights into supply chain sustainability issues in the multimillion-dollar agribusiness industry, Jessica Lin, ’07, conducted research at a major beverage company, where she worked with three teams focused on the procurement of globally produced and traded orange juice, coffee and sugar for several different brands. Her goal was to identify the key categories of information that significantly determine the feasibility, opportunity and urgency of developing a sustainable supply chain in agriculture. For her 2007 report, Lin created the Sustainable Agriculture Supply Chain Assessment Framework as a screening tool that large food and beverage companies could use to evaluate, improve or benchmark the sustainability of their agricultural supply chains. One of the biggest challenges to sustainable supply chain work, she concluded, is aligning the incentives of all supply chain players to improve environmental and social outcomes. Read the PDF

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