Supply Chain Sustainability

Dec 20, 2019  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Discusses Burning Topics in Supply Chain on the Thomas Industry Update Podcast

By Carson Powell Rob Handfield, distinguished professor of operations and supply chain management and executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC), recently sat down with Tony Uphoff, founder and CEO of Thomas, for the Thomas Industry Update podcast. The […]

Nov 25, 2019  |  Articles

The WSJ Drucker Management 250 List: NC State’s Input into the Ratings

Every year about this time, the Wall Street Journal reveals its list of the Management Top 250 firms, which lists America’s Best-Run Companies.  The announcement, which appeared in today’s WSJ, identifies some of the top companies, with Amazon ranked at […]

Aug 21, 2019  |  Articles

Biobased Economy GROWS in 2018

I am proud to announce the release of a joint study completed by me and my colleagues Jay Golden, PhD of East Carolina University and Jesse Daystar, PhD of Duke University.  The study was published by the USDA’s Biopreferred program, […]

Jul 28, 2019  |  Articles

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. Organizations continue to scour global markets for even lower labor […]

Jun 2, 2019  |  Articles

The Strange Relationship Between Oil Prices, Tariffs and Biobased Innovation

Oil prices have been rather volatile as of late, and are hovering around $58/bbl, down from an average of $65/bbl in 2018.  Oil prices impact a lot of things, one of which is the drive to innovate new biobased products […]

Dec 3, 2018  |  Articles

WSJ MANAGEMENT Top 250 List: SCRC’s Role as an Index Provider

Today’s WSJ featured the list of the top 250 companies, a landmark ranking that uses the principles of the management guru, Peter Drucker to identify the most effectively managed companies.  The list is a function of 37 different indices, that […]

Jul 19, 2018  |  Articles

NC State SCRC analytics contribute to KRMA, one of the top ESG funds in the market

More sustainability-minded investors are becoming conscious of what is known as ESG funds.  Investments predicated upon Environmental, Social and Governance best practices evolved from what was once known as socially responsible investments. In its day, SRI was essentially a subtractive […]

May 11, 2018  |  Articles

How sustainable is your food? Ask Field to Market

Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market:  The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, has over ten years of experience in eco-labeling.  FTM was founded in order to address the question of how US agriculture can better define, measure, and advance the […]

Mar 12, 2018  |  Articles

The US needs to step up Biobased investment to catch up with the rest of the world

Multiple discussions gleaned from interviews with executives in biobased product categories emphasize that significant barriers exist in two areas:  1) demand for biobased products that is supported by government incentives, and 2) tax benefits associated with supporting increased research across […]

May 3, 2013  |  Articles

Global Chemical Industry Analysis: Sustainability Industry Report Spring 2013

Executive Summary & Industry Overview: Through the analysis of the various chemical and manufacturing companies, there was a common theme of sustainability addressed. The global chemical industry generates revenue of about $3 trillion and produces precursors and intermediates for most […]