The Sustainable Supply Network Initiative is a research platform that focusses on how interactions across complex supply networks can build sustainable value. SSNI members collaborate with business, NGOs and government on projects that facilitate transition to a more ‘circular’ business model that has the potential to generate economic value in specific industries while reducing negative social and environmental impact. The Initiative will promote problem solving and provide linkages across UTS and between academia and other sectors in order to further our understanding of how ethical and responsible management in supply networks can progress sustainability.
Implementing sustainability across complex, often global, supplier networks is proving a major challenge for researcher and practitioners. Key areas of interest include addressing the economic, social and environmental costs associated with issues such as climate change and the impacts of global supply chains on human rights, distribution of waste, child labour and corruption. In response to this challenge the Initiative aims to gather expertise across the fields of network design, collaboration and leadership; power and codes of practice, social accountability, transportation, factors influencing information flows, human rights and fair labour practices.