Socially Responsible Warehousing and Distribution (L3M6)


Module purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to describe methods for the storage andmovement of inventory and identify the environmental and social impact of warehousingand distribution operations.

Module aim(s)
Warehousing and distribution are key components of organisational success. The transport, storage and handling of products as they move from raw material, through productionsystems to the final point of sale has been fundamental to economic development formillennia. In more recent times, against a background of increasing public and governmental concern for the environment, organisations have come under increasing pressure to reduce the environmental impact of their warehousing and distribution processes. Similarly, company reputation can be severely damaged if the organisation or one of its suppliers, is seen to be neglecting sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). This module is designed for those working in procurement and supply who have responsibility for product storage and distribution. It takes as its focus the storage and movement of inventory but also recognises the impact of such operations on environmental sustainability and CSR.

Next steps
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    Learning outcomes

    1.0  Understand the concepts of sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    1.1  Explain the concept of sustainability and the practical implications for procurement and supply 

    • Meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
    • Adopting a broader range of decision-making criteria other than traditional economic criteria
    • Extending procurement decision-making criteria away from just price and quality
    • Including environmental merits and social impacts of alternative solutions

    1.2  Explain the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 

    • Extension of corporate goals and decisions to include organisational objectives and financial measures of performance
    • Promoting good corporate citizenship and responsibility for corporate actions
    • Encouraging positive impact on all stakeholders
    • Social, economic and cultural diversity

    2.0  Understand the environmental impact of procurement and supply 

    2.1  Describe the impact of environmental sustainability 

    • Globalisation vs. green logistics
    • Public awareness
    • External pressure on organisations
    • International legislation and agreements

    2.2  Explain the environmental impact of transportation and storage 

    • Air pollution and atmospheric emissions
    • Carbon footprint calculation
    • Noise pollution
    • Accidents
    • Vibration
    • Land-take
    • Visual intrusion

    2.3  Explain the role of government in promoting environmental sustainability

    • Define sustainability
    • Define environmental impact
    • Greener modes of transport
    • Energy efficiency
    • Reducing emissions

    3.0  Understand methods for the storage and movement of inventory

    3.1  Recognise the principles of store and warehouse design

    • Location of stores and warehouses
    • Store and warehouse design
    • Factors that influence store and warehouse layout
    • Flow, space utilisation and flexibility

    3.2  Explain the different types and uses of warehousing equipment

    • Materials handling equipment
    • Palletisation and unit loads
    • Packing and packaging
    • Environmental standards for packaging
    • The use of automation in warehousing

    4.0  Understand the environmental impact of warehousing and distribution

    4.1  Explain the impact of environmental sustainability

    • Discuss issues such as:
      • Globalisation vs. green logistics
      • Public awareness
      • External pressure on organisations
      • International legislation and agreements

    4.2  Explain the environmental impact of warehousing and distribution

    • Air pollution and atmospheric emissions
    • Carbon footprint calculation
    • Noise pollution
    • Accidents
    • Vibration
    • Land-take
    • Visual intrusion

    4.3  Explain the environmental cost of warehousing and logistics

    • Global warming
    • Greenhouse gases
    • Cost of environmental damage
    • Cost of avoiding environmental damage
    • International vs. national

    4.4  Describe the role of government in promoting environmental sustainability

    • Policy on sustainable logistics
    • Reducing freight transport intensity and improving utilisation
    • Greener modes of transport
    • Energy efficiency
    • Reducing emissions

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    Procurement and Supply Environments (L3M1)Ethical Procurement and Supply (L3M2)Contract Administration (L3M3)Team  Dynamics and Change (L3M4)Socially Responsible Procurement (L3M5)

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