Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Best Practices, Tools and Trends

Much of a company’s environmental impact can be traced to its supply chain. New government regulations, pressure from non-governmental organizations and rising awareness of the intrinsic risks and opportunities associated with supply chain sustainability make it increasingly important for companies to understand and improve the environmental performance of their supply chains. The stakes are high, involving risk–regulatory, reputational and resource availability as well as opportunity–including cost savings, brand enhancement, and deeper supplier relationships.

But few companies have set supply chain sustainability goals and fewer still are aware of the best practices, are following the emerging data standards, or know how to select an appropriate IT tool to help manage supply chain sustainability data.

This research draws on exclusive executive interviews, a global survey of sustainability executives, and briefings with leading vendors to identify best practices, key trends, and a wide range of tools that can help companies begin to track, manage and improve the environmental performance of their supply chains.

Key Questions Answered

  • Can companies improve sustainability in their supply chains sustainability without compromising their business goals?
  • What are leading corporate practices for improving sustainability in the supply chain?
  • How should companies assess supply chain sustainability management vendor solutions?

Who Needs this Report

  • Sustainability executives and practitioners
  • Supply chain and procurement executives
  • Corporate leaders
  • Sustainability and strategy consultants
  • Vendors of IT solutions
  • Non-governmental environmental organizations
  • Universities and sustainability research centers
  • Sustainability public relations and marketing agencies

Main Topics/Report Features

Published: July 2012
Pages: 30; Figures: 14; Tables: 5
Survey of 30 sustainability and supply chain executives at leading global companies
Green Research’s 10 Supply Chain Sustainability Management Best Practices
Vendor assessment framework
Profiles of 12 supply chain sustainability management vendors
Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Key Question
Key Findings
Appendix: Supply Chain Sustainability Management Vendor Assessment Framework
Vendor Profiles
About Green Research

Table of Figures

Figure 1 Reasons Companies Engage with Suppliers on Sustainability Performance
Figure 2 Degree of Influence Companies Have over Suppliers’ Sustainability Performance
Figure 3 Likelihood Companies Can Improve Supply Chain Sustainability Without Compromising Business Goals
Figure 4 Companies’ Greatest Challenges in Improving Supply Chain Sustainability
Figure 5 Supplier Sustainability Questionnaire Response Rates
Figure 6 Ways Suppliers Provide Sustainability Information to their Customers
Figure 7 Examples of Supply Chain Sustainability Management Tools
Figure 8 How Company Efforts to Obtain Supplier Sustainability Data Will Change
Figure 9 How Companies’ Use of Supplier Sustainability Data Will Change
Figure 10 Likelihood of Acquiring a New IT system for Supplier Sustainability Management
Figure 11 Supply Chain Sustainability Management Vendor Assessment Framework
Figure 12 Geographical Distribution of Respondents
Figure 13 Respondent Company Revenues
Figure 14 Respondent Company Industry
List of Tables
Table 1 Share of Sustainability Goals by Value Chain Location
Table 2 Industry Groups and Consortia Working on Sustainability Issues
Table 3 Green Research’s Sustainable Supply Chain Best Practices
Table 4 Examples of Corporate Supply Chain Sustainability Goals
Table 5 Supply Chain Sustainability Management Vendor Assessment Framework
Organizations Mentioned
2degrees Network
Asda Stores
Business for Social Responsibility
CA Technologies
Carbon Disclosure Project
Climate Earth
Deutsche Telekom
Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
Hilton Worldwide
Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Johnson & Johnson
Kohl’s Department Stores
Natural Resources Defense Council
PE International
Procter & Gamble
Sprint Nextel
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Sustainability Consortium
Target Corp.

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