The simple economics of comparative costs and profit maximisation are no longer enough to compete globally.

Consumers, industry, regulators and government are increasingly demanding access to products and services underpinned by modernised, resilient, sustainable, ethical, and transparent supply chains.

This presents both a significant challenge and a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Australia. In response, the University of Adelaide is launching the Centre for Sustainable Operations and Resilient Supply Chains (CSORSC) in early 2024. 

The CSORSC is led by world-renowned experts, Dr Kannan Govindan and Dr Devika Kannan, whose work has helped reshape procurement and supply chains across European nations to integrate new technologies and not just meet but exceed emerging standards in ESG, decarbonisation, transparency, modern slavery and ethics.

But as a policymaker or business, it can be hard to know how to start on your sustainable transition to a modernised, supply chain. What are the knowledge, regulatory, collaboration, training and technology gaps in your organisation and how should you address them? This challenge lies at the heart of our work.

Be it unlocking the $15B allocated by the National Reconstruction Fund, helping policymakers, government and industries reach digitisation, SDGs and net-zero goals, advising on trade agreements, improving procurement standards to prevent modern slavery, helping SMEs reduce costs and increase productivity, or working with industry towards climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, we are building the foundations needed today for a more sustainable society.