Supply Chain Sustainability: Special Focus
We invite leaders of today and tomorrow to share challenges, learning, opinion and stories of success in supply chain sustainability.
Posted: May 18, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Most experts agree that global population growth—expected to rise an estimated three billion over the next 20 years—and increased consumer consumption is putting more of a strain than ever on natural resources. For industry, stability and sustainability of these natural resources is necessary to help secure business growth, better manage and mitigate against geopolitical threats to supply, build brand equity and more. Sustainable sourcing and management of natural capital via a greener supply chain is increasingly not just a nice to have, but a must do.
Posted: Mar 10, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Although investment and infrastructure are needed to audit suppliers, the fact is that delaying the auditing of your supply chain to ensure that your business is compliant with environmental and social standards can prove to be more costly than proactive engagement.
Posted: Mar 03, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Reducing a company’s environmental footprint is no small task. Just getting started can be tough. But once commitments are made and first steps are taken, the path unfolds. We’ve learned a few things on our sustainability journey and every day we learn more. Here are a few of our key takeaways.
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
It has been predicted that in 2020, the world cocoa bean production will not meet the demand. By some estimates, there will be a 1 million ton shortfall, or 25 percent of 2012 global output. There are certainly many underlying reasons for this projected shortage, but the main theme is that cocoa bean production is not sustainable for the farmers.
Posted: Feb 26, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Posted: Feb 25, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
It is simply not enough in today’s world to just set out a CSR policy or a supplier code of conduct or total up the number of sustainability initiatives in the supply chain and think you are doing the right thing. The days of accountability by case study are fading fast. Companies must actually do the work and invest the capital to create lasting (and profitable) change in their supply chains.
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
In 2015 and beyond, technological advancements will conspire to force business sustainability thinkers and supply chain managers to meaningfully ask ourselves an important question: given technological changes to the ways that we produce and distribute goods and services, what is the enduring rationale for supply chain sustainability?
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Posted: Feb 10, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
The honest truth is that improving working conditions and environmental practices in the vast global supply chain is a continuous journey: always seeking improvement, always raising the bar.
Posted: Feb 04, 2015 – 09:55 AM EST
Sustainable procurement IS good procurement, they are not different things, if competent procurement professionals use effective tools and adequate resources to manage their supply chains well, sustainable outcomes can be delivered that offer real long term value.