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Supply Chain Sustainability and Climate Change

Advancing Supply Chain Sustainability & ESG Reporting


Supply chains play a pivotal role in shaping environmental, social, and economic outcomes, with their impacts spanning from raw material extraction to product end-of-life management. Understanding and mitigating these impacts is critical for advancing sustainability goals and addressing pressing global challenges. As supply chains account for a significant portion of corporate sustainability footprints, there is growing recognition of the need to manage sustainability risks and promote responsible practices across the value chain. However, achieving sustainability in supply chains is complex, requiring organizations to navigate competing priorities while addressing environmental and social concerns. Natural disasters and environmental degradation further underscore the urgency of adopting sustainable supply chain practices, as they can have profound consequences for agriculture, food security, and overall human well-being.

What We Do

AISCR’s research solutions are geared towards fostering resilient, responsible, and environmentally sustainable supply chains across Africa. Through comprehensive environmental impact assessments, advanced climate risk analyses, and policy advocacy initiatives, AISCR identifies key areas for improvement and develops targeted interventions to mitigate carbon emissions, optimize resource usage, and enhance climate resilience within supply chains. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies and stakeholder engagement efforts, AISCR facilitates the adoption of sustainable sourcing practices, circular economy principles, and innovative digital solutions to promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility throughout the supply chain lifecycle. By empowering supply chain professionals, policymakers, and stakeholders with the requisite knowledge and skills, AISCR aims to catalyze positive change and pave the way towards a more sustainable future for Africa’s supply chains.

Key Research Focus Areas

Here are some key research focus areas:

  1. Supply Chain Optimization: Investigating strategies to enhance the efficiency, agility, and resilience of supply chains through optimization techniques, advanced analytics, and digital technologies.
  2. Sustainable Procurement: Examining sustainable sourcing practices, responsible supplier selection, and ethical procurement strategies to minimize environmental impact and promote social responsibility throughout supply chains.
  3. Carbon Footprint Reduction: Research methods to reduce carbon emissions and minimize environmental impact across the entire supply chain, including transportation, manufacturing, and packaging.
  4. Circular Economy: Exploring circular economy principles and strategies to promote resource efficiency, waste reduction, and closed-loop supply chain systems.
  5. Climate Resilience: Studying strategies to enhance supply chain resilience and adaptability to climate-related risks and disruptions, such as extreme weather events, natural disasters, and changing environmental conditions.
  6. Green Logistics: Investigating sustainable transportation and logistics practices, including route optimization, modal shift, and alternative fuel technologies, to reduce emissions and environmental impact in freight transportation.
  7. Social Responsibility: Examining labor rights, human rights, and social equity issues within supply chains, and developing strategies to promote fair labor practices, diversity, and inclusion.
  8. Policy and Regulation: Analyzing the impact of regulatory frameworks, government policies, and international agreements on supply chain sustainability and climate resilience, and advocating for policy reforms to support sustainable practices.
  9. Technology Innovation: Researching emerging technologies such as blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) for their potential to transform supply chain management and advance sustainability goals.


Established in 2019, the African Institute for Supply Chain Research (AISCR) provides supply chain research, education, outreach, and networking solutions for a better Africa.





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