Focus on the business case for supply chain sustainability
Submitted by: Responsible Business Alliance
Posted: May 28, 2014 – 09:30 AM EST
ALEXANDRIA, Va.; BRUSSELS and PARIS, May 28 /CSRwire/ - A new guide was published today on the business case for supply chain sustainability, a collaboration amongst the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and EcoVadis. The publication includes case studies and an implementation guide that provide a review of challenges and field-tested solutions designed to help companies overcome barriers and improve their triple bottom line. It is designed particularly for supplier-level companies new to sustainability.
“GeSI members have a long history of working with their suppliers to achieve responsible and sustainable practices that have long-term benefits, to both companies and societies. We are confident that the report will be a practical tool for suppliers to identify the business value of CSR for their company and autonomously implement responsible business practices and to gain the benefits highlighted in the report,” said Luis Neves, chairman of GeSI.
“While the supply chain sustainability movement has grown tremendously in the past decades, we need to ensure that all companies – large and small, experienced and inexperienced – have the basic tools to begin successful sustainability programs. This report is a straightforward, step-by-step guide designed to help CSR professionals gain internal and external support for sustainability activities, and ensure those activities yield great results,” said Rob Lederer, executive director of the EICC.
Available in two parts, Sustainability in Real Life: Case studies from the ICT and electronics industries features case studies from seven companies with details about success stories that fellow practitioners can replicate and learn from. Its companion guide, Sustainability in Real Life: An implementation guide for buyers and suppliers, serves to walk readers through program development, implementation and continuance. Both reports are available for free download on the EcoVadis, EICC and GeSI websites.
About the EICC®
The EICC is a coalition of nearly 100 leading global electronics companies working together to improve efficiency and social, ethical and environmental responsibility in the global supply chain. We enable and encourage our members to progress towards the EICC vision through a common Code of Conduct, collaborative efforts and shared tools and practices. For more information please visit www.eicc.info.
About the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
GeSI is a strategic partnership of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and organizations committed to creating and promoting technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability. GeSI has 36 members representing leading companies and associations from the ICT sector. GeSI also partners with two UN organizations – the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – as well as a range of international stakeholders committed to ICT sustainability objectives. www.gesi.org
EcoVadis aims to improve environmental and social practices of companies by leveraging the influence of global supply chains. EcoVadis operates the first collaborative network enabling companies to manage the sustainability performance of their suppliers, across 150 sectors and 95 countries. EcoVadis’ reliable ratings and easy to use monitoring tools allow companies to manage risks and drive eco-innovation in their global supply chains. www.ecovadis.com
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