This review of sustainable supply chains in 2012 was written by Wednesday, December 26, 2012.
When you toss a pebble into a pond, a series of concentric ripples propagate out extending far beyond the point of entry. With a number of business sustainability pebbles being tossed into the pond today, one can’t help but wonder what effects the resulting ripples might have on the supply chain. With legislative pressures and shifting consumer expectations positioned to effect business consumption, are the supply chains ready to respond? Will your business ride the high or low of the ‘green’ bullwhip in 2013?
- What unforeseen changes resulting from the market changes could result in major disruptions in the supply chain?
- Are the business value drivers of my key suppliers and customers aligned with the direction of the company?
- What are the business risks and pressure points that could affect the sustainability of supply?
- Are business risks accentuated or mitigated by the current supply chain relationship?
- Increase Profitability – Proactively incorporating sustainability concepts into your supply chain will decrease cost and add the value to operations.
- Asset Utilization – Incorporating greater eco awareness into transportation and inventory practices will increase utilization of key assets.
- Risk Mitigation – Promoting greater understanding of sustainability within the company’s supply chain will mitigate environmental, social, and market risks.
- Innovation – Incorporating sustainability concepts into the supply chain will be a catalyst for supplier innovation.
- Alignment – Negotiating business sustainability policies with suppliers and customers will promote alignment across the supply chain.
- Continuous Improvement – A common understanding of sustainability concepts, goals and Customer Service – Implementing sustainable best practices within the supply chain will standardize operations and allow for improve customer service.
- Regulatory Compliance – Green supply chain management will help ensure regulatory compliance.
- Product Differentiation – Creating uniquely different green supply chain practices will differentiate the company and its products in the market place.
- Enhance Reputation – Demonstrating green business practices will promote business sustainability and enhance company reputation.
Environmental Leader’s Top 15 Sustainable Supply Chain Stories of 2012
Responsible Procurement Strategy (e-book)
UN Supply Chain Sustainability Tool Introduced at Rio+20
Digging In: The Nuts and Bolts of Supply Chain Sustainability (White Paper)
Introduction to Sustainable Supply Chains
Introduction to (Sustainable) Supply Chain Management
The Rise of Sustainable Supply Chains
Sustainable Supply Chains are Profitable
Case Study Illustrates the Profitability of Sustainable Supply Chains
Sustainable Procurement Guidelines and Procedures
Sustainable Supply Chain Data Book
Ten Sources of Green Supply Chain Information
The Supply Chain of CO2 Emissions (Paper)
New Dimensions in Supply Chain Management (White Paper)
CIPS Sustainable Procurement Tool
Five Elements of a Sustainable Supply Chain
Video: Future Supply Chain 2016
Environmental Regulations Shaping Today’s Sustainable Supply Chains
Sustainable Supply Chains and New Environmental Laws
Sustainable Supply Chain Integration
The Three Tiers of Sustainability and Supply Chains
Collaboration in Sustainable Supply Chains
Sustainable Supply Chains
Puma’s Sustainable Supply Chain
PUMA’s Comprehensive Sustainable Strategy Now Includes Environmental Accounting
The Sustainable Supply Chain Efforts of Interface Inc
Nike and H&M Bow to Greenpeace and Green their Supply Chains
Walmart and HP’s Sustainable Supply Chains
Arizona State University and Green Supply Chains
IT Sector Should Leverage Their Supply Chains
Video: Future Supply Chain 2016
Video: Ten Steps To A Greener Supply Chain
Video: Green Supply Chain
The Lean Sustainable Supply Chain
Understanding Responsible Procurement and Creating Value