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GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY SUPPLY CHAIN STUDENT COMPETITION

A Global Competition for University & College Students to Develop Cutting-Edge Sustainable Supply Chains Focusing on ESG (Environment, Social & Corporate Governance) 

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PRESS RELEASE FOR FIATA-GSCC


Geneva, January 23 2024 – FIATA and the GSCC have announced a visionary Memorandum of Understanding to jointly promote sustainability and education in the global freight forwarding and logistics sector with a focus on making UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) a reality and promoting the GSCC Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the Global Supply Chain Classroom (GSCC) have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in which they express their mutual commitment to promoting sustainability and education in the global freight forwarding and logistics sector. The MoU affirms the commitment of both organizations to ignite change through capacity building and educational programs, targeting low- and middle-income territories that do not have access to established supply chain education programs at the university level. 

Under the MoU, FIATA and GSCC commit to cooperating on the GSCC Global Sustainability Supply Chain Student Competition, an initiative bringing together university students to address supply chain challenges, actively involving young talents and developing sustainable solutions to shape the industry’s future. This competition organised by the GSCC and ICTD, has been endorsed by the UN Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport. The dynamic collaboration between the two organizations is envisaged to foster innovation, creativity, and sustainable practices for future supply chain industry leaders. 

FIATA and the GSCC previously worked together on the highly successful webinar series on ‘Market Structure and Maritime Competition’ held in Spring 2022, with three sessions bringing together high-level panelists representing national and international commissions and organizations. The third and final session was entitled “Moving Forward: What are the Solutions to the Maritime Crisis”, featuring Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye of the Federal Maritime Commission, Dr. Wang Wei, Director General of the Institute of Market Economy, Development Research Centre of the State Council, China, Mr. Henrik Morch, Director for Transport, Post and other services of the European Commission, and Ms. Raissa-Julie Ada Allogo, Senior Policy Transport Officer of the African Union Commission. The success of this collaboration laid the groundwork for their current venture, demonstrating their shared dedication to shaping the future of global logistics and promoting ESG jointly.
FIATA’s Director General Stéphane Graber said of the MoU "As we stand at the crossroads of globalization and sustainability, FIATA is thrilled to join forces with the Global Supply Chain Classroom in a commitment to making the UN SDGs a reality”. He continued “The collaboration signifies a pivotal moment, where education becomes a force for change, and sustainability takes center stage in shaping the future of global trade. Together, we aim to empower the next generation of supply chain leaders, ensuring that no corner of the world is left behind."

GSCC President Chung Tam stated, 'We are very excited about the opportunity to further our collaboration with FIATA. Global supply chains have evolved rapidly to become knowledge-based, technology-driven, and sustainability-focused. Access to quality supply chain education programs is more critical now than ever. By working with FIATA members and member national associations, we will leverage GSCC’s experience and resources to deliver university-level educational programs, preparing the next generation of supply chain leaders to succeed in our diverse, globalized economy.”

2023 COMPETITION WINNERS

BEST SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION - TEAM

Gold:

Team: United for Sustainability

School: Beijing Institute of Technology

Case: Schneider Electric

 

Silver:

Team: University of Pittsburgh

School: University of Pittsburgh

Case: AI Cargo

 

Bronze:

Team: Membest                                                              

School: Tsinghua University                                      

Case: LONGI                                                                    

Team: Team Green

School: University of Wisconsin Superior

Case: Cainiao
 

Team: Woody

Schools: University of Rhode Island/Beijing Wuzi University

Case: Babemax
 

BEST SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION - PAIRED TEAMS

Gold:

Team: Woody

Schools: University of Rhode Island/Beijing Wuzi University

Case: Babemax

 

Silver:

Team: Four Champions

Schools: University of International Business and Economics/Cranfield University

Case: Schneider Electric

 

Bronze:

Team: Finest & Brightest

School: University of Rhode Island/Beijing Wuzi University

Case: eVTOL

REGIONAL AWARDS

Regional awards are awarded for regions with 10 or more teams entered. 4 Regions = Africa and Middle East, Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe

 

Asia-Pacific

First Place:

Team: United for Sustainability

School: Beijing Institute of Technology

Case: Schneider Electric

 

Second Place:

Team: Membest                                                             

School: Tsinghua University                                        

Case: LONGI      

 

Third Place:

Team: JWKL

School: Tongji University

Case: Babemax

 

Americas

First Place:

Team: University of Pittsburgh

School: University of Pittsburgh

Case: AI Cargo

 

Second Place:

Team: Team Green

School: University of Wisconsin Superior

Case: Cainiao

 

Third Place:

Team: Roll Toad

School: Texas Christian University

Case: Schneider Electric

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SPONSORED BY THE UNITED NATIONS GROUP OF FRIENDS FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

Test your Supply Chain skills against University and College Students from Asia, Africa, Western & Eastern Europe & North America, judged by Consortium of Government Officials and Industry Leaders. Use the UN's Sustainability Development Goal's to design & present solutions to real world sustainability problems. 

WE WELCOME OUR TOP RANKED UNIVERSITIES PARTICIPATING IN THE FALL 2023 COMPETITION

· University of Maryland, USA

· Iowa State University, USA

· The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

· University of Rhode Island, USA

· University of Pittsburgh, USA

· Texas Christian University, USA

· University of Wisconsin Superior, USA

· Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

· Loyola University Chicago, USA

· Governor State University, USA

· Tsinghua University, China

· Tongji University, China

· Ningbo Institute For Supply Chain Innovation (MIT SCALE), China

· University of International Business and Economics, China

· Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

· Beijing Wuzi University, China

· Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China

· Shandong Normal University, China

· Southwest Jiaotong University, China

· Beijing Insitute of Technology, China

· Southeast University, China

· Chongqing Finance and Economics College, China

· Harbin University of Commerce, China

· Anhui University, China

· Weifang University, China

· Xi'an Eurasia University, China

· Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

· Graduate School of Industrial Logistics (ESLI), France

· Cranfield University, UK

· The School of Higher Commercial Studies (EHEC Algiers), Algeria

· Moscow State University, Russia

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FREE STUDENT EVENT:  LONGI SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES OF A GLOBAL LEADER 

Hear Mr. Huo Yan - Brand General Manager speak about Longi Green Energy Technology Co. Ltd.'s development of their Green Value Chain  

FREE STUDENT EVENT:  HOW GLOBAL GIANTS BUILD SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL SUPPLY NETWORKS

This student event is GSCC's contribution to the UN World Sustainable Transport Day - Iowa State University speaks with Ni Pin - CEO Wanxiang America Inc. 

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80%

The typical consumer company’s supply chain accounts for more than 80% of greenhouse - gas emissions and more than 90% of the impact on the environment

- Source: McKinsey & Company

70%

70% of consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable goods.

 

- Source: McKinsey & Company

81%

81% of consumers say it is “very important” or “extremely important” for business to embrace programs to improve the environment.

Source: Gartner’s 2018 Supply Chain and Circular Economy Survey

8

8 supply chains account for more than 50% of global emissions.
- Source: World Economic Forum

“Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract – sustainable development – and turn it into a reality for all the world’s people”

Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General.

JOIN THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE WORLD

Supply Chains are major polluters and contributors to today's environmental issues. The purpose of this competition is to bring students together from around the world to develop practical sustainable supply chains solutions to real world case study problems. Competition cases will focus on 6 specific UN SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals) while also applying ESG (Environmental, social, and governance) concepts. 

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FREE FUNDAMENTALS OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT COURSE NOW AVAILABLE!

USING UN SDG'S TO HELP SOLVE REAL WORLD CASE STUDIES

Using the UN SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals) as guidelines for the case studies,  student teams with the assistance of a faculty or industry professional advisor will be challenged with developing a sustainable solution to a selection of real world Supply Chain challenges faced by multinational companies.

TARGETED UN SDG'S FOR CASE

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PREPARE FOR THE COMPETITON WITH OUR ONLINE COURSES

Get ready for the competition with the free COMPETITION READINESS course. Learn about supply chain sustainability with the included FUNDAMENTALS OF GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY course. Gain advanced knowledge and skills with the optional CREARING SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS course.

NEWS: UN GOVERNMENT'S OFFICIALLY ENDORSE COMPETITION

HOW YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT

In collaboration with the UN International Center for Transport Diplomacy (ICTD) & UN Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport this competition enables students and educators to work together to build a global network to share sustainable practices

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2023 FALL COMPETITION REGISTRATION CLOSED. GOOD LUCK STUDENTS!

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