Sustainable Supply Chains and Carbon Footprinting

On February 29th, 2012 Prof. Charles J. Corbett, Ph.D. (UCLA Anderson School of Management) will give a lecture on the topic "Sustainable Supply Chains and Carbon Footprinting". The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Past event — 29 February 2012

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Prof. Charles J. Corbett


UCLA Anderson School of Management


In this talk we will discuss several topics related to sustainable supply chains and supply chain carbon footprints. We will briefly examine the link between sustainable supply chains and financial performance, and discuss why this link is often so poorly understood in practice. We will then discuss an industry-level study aimed at improving sustainability of the motion picture industry supply chain, and some of the opportunities for improvement and practical barriers encountered. One barrier to truly sustainable supply chains that occurs in almost every supply chain is the lack of appropriate incentives. In the last part of this talk, we will discuss limitations of the usual approach to carbon footprinting, specifically how the usual focus on avoiding double-counting of greenhouse gas emissions leads to insufficient incentives for the supply chain parties.


Charles Corbett, Ph.D., is professor of Operations Management and Environmental Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he currently also serves as Chairman and Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs. He received the Citibank Teaching Award in 2008, the Executive MBA Class of 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2002 Robbins Assistant Professor teaching award, in addition to the UCLA Staff Assembly’s 2007 Faculty/Staff Partnership Award. He was an AT&T Faculty Fellow in Industrial Ecology, served as Associate Dean of the MBA program from 2003-2006, and was the area chair of the Decisions, Operations and Technology Management area during 2007-2009. He was named Joseph J. Jacobs Term Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies for 2008-2011. He is the founder and co-director of the award-winning UCLA Leaders in Sustainability graduate certificate program. 
His areas of teaching include operations of entrepreneurs and small business, environmental issues in management, operations management, and supply chain management. He regularly teaches sessions on these topics in various programs at UCLA, including the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program, the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive program, and in international management seminars for visiting executive MBA students. In addition to UCLA, he has taught short courses at the École des Mines de Nantes and at ESC Reims in France and at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and has been invited to present over 100 seminars and lectures at institutions and conferences worldwide. Dr. Corbett was a member of the Expert Panel of the Fudan Premium Fund of Management in China in August 2006. He has given (semi-)plenary and keynote lectures at conferences in Bali, Istanbul, Lima, Mexico City, Paris, Sao Paulo, Salvador (Brazil), Shanghai, and Tainan (Taiwan). 
His current research focuses on environmental issues in business and operations management in entrepreneurial firms.  He has published in academic and business journals in several countries, including Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Operations Research, Management Science, European Journal of Operational Research, the Journal of the Operational Research Society, Production and Operations Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and others.  Dr. Corbett has been guest editor of three special issues of Production and Operations Management on Environmental Management & Operations and has frequently acted as associate editor and referee for journals as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Interfaces, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions and ORSA Journal on Computing.  His 2006 study on sustainability in the motion picture industry was featured in media outlets worldwide, including CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Guardian, La Opinion, and various radio and TV stations.
Before joining the Anderson School, Dr. Corbett was a Visiting Scholar at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Professor Corbett, a citizen of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, holds a Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management from INSEAD in Fountainbleau, France, and a Drs. in Operations Research from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands). 

To register please send an email to: beate.linnenberg(at)

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