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GSCW chat recap: founder on sustainability in retail supply chains

Waste management and emissions among sustainability aspects supply chains should consider, Schöneberg says

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This fireside chat recap is from Day 2 of FreightWaves’ Global Supply Chain Week. Day 2 focuses on retail, building and construction.

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: How to define and implement a sustainable retail supply chain

DETAILS: Susy Schöneberg and FreightWaves’ Andrew Cox discuss waste management, greenhouse gas emissions and social sustainability for retail supply chains. provides customers with usable data to help them make informed decisions regarding sustainability and other metrics such as costs and shipment times.

SPEAKER: Schöneberg, founder and head of

BIO: Schöneberg is the founder and head of, Flexport’s sustainability and social good initiative that works with nonprofits that need to ship goods to areas of need, companies that have excess goods to donate and those looking to cut carbon emissions from their shipping. 


“If ocean freight [were] a country, it would be the sixth-largest emitter of CO2 emissions in the world, so it’s significant.”

“Even investors in recent years now pay attention because thinking about sustainability and making sure that operations are not affected by climate change or regulations is also part of risk mitigation.”

“I feel there is a lot of opportunity for companies to not only work on [sustainability] issues but also make those more transparent and all the benefits related to those efforts [transparent] to their end customers. This is also a big focus that we have, using all of the data and the analytics to make this very, very easy.”

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Alyssa Sporrer

Alyssa is a staff writer at FreightWaves, covering sustainability news in the freight and supply chain industry, from low-carbon fuels to social sustainability, emissions & more. She graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Marketing and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about all things environmental and enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, ultimate frisbee, hiking, and soccer.