For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Corporate Partners Program focused on sustainability in supply chains. 

The kickoff event for this year’s CPP program took place on October 2. Panelists at the event included Chuck Gatchell (VP/GM of Olympics and Athletes @ Nike), Bonnie Nixon (former Director of Supply Chain and Environmental Responsibility @ Hewlett-Packard) ,and Charles Corbett (Professor @ UCLA Anderson School of Management), with IoES Professor Alan Barreca serving as a moderator. Many interesting topics surrounding supply chain sustainability were introduced; to learn more about what was discussed by the panelists see the event summary.

This year’s research topics, selected based on discussions at the event and input from our membership, are listed below. Findings were shared with community members at a year-end event on June 4. The event featured a discussion on future supply chain sustainability trends with Cynthia Holmes (Director of Trademarks & Licensing @ ASUCLA), Shawn O’Connell (President, Motive Power-Americas @ EnerSys), and Daniel Perry (Global Alliances Director @ EcoVadis). See the event summary to learn more about the panelists’ work and the discussion that took place.

Summaries of the research findings are provided below. Full versions of the report are available to our membership here


2018-2019 Student Research Topics

1. Gaming for green: Gamification strategies for sustainability

Students: Carolyn Stephens (B.A. ’19) & Eden Axelrad (M.S. ’19)

Advisor: Bonnie Nixon

2. Watering the tech industry: How major tech companies are approaching water sustainability

Students: Amber Lam (B.S. ’20) & Malyhea Haghshenas (B.A. ’21)

Advisor: Jennie Dean

3. Sourcing sustainability: A guide to 3rd party supplier evaluation services

Students: Ben Tran (B.S. ’19) & Priyanka Radjou (M.S. ’19)

Advisor: Peter Kareiva