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Green purchasing by companies is up in a down economy. Our recent
October 2009 survey of more than 450 companies found that over the past
12 months there was a 63 percent increase in green purchasing, from
computers to chemicals to cleaning supplies. Perhaps even more
encouraging, none of the respondents from large companies (those with
revenues over $1 billion) identified any decrease in buying green.
While regional supply chains should reduce inventory, these take
time to put together. In the meantime, businesses faced with increasing
energy and carbon costs shift some transportation modes, from air to
ship and from truck to rail. These slower modes of transportation
require longer inventory pipelines, raising aggregate inventory in the
short run. As regionalization takes effect, however, one should expect
aggregate inventory to come down commensurately.
IBM drew upon its IT expertise and work with its own massive supplier network to create a new consulting service aimed at helping companies improve the efficiency and environmental impacts of their supply chains.
The Sustainable Supplier Information Management Consulting service will help companies collect supply chain data such as energy use, labor practices and greenhouse gas emissions at a time of increasing attention on greener supply chains.
Walmart, for example, just began collecting environmental data from some of its top-tier suppliers this month as part of a larger initiative that will one day lead to sustainability scores for consumer products. The world's largest retailer intends to eventually expand the data collection to include its 100,000 worldwide suppliers.
Staples, the world's largest office products company, has signed an agreement with the Rainforest Alliance to analyze and improve the environmental and social footprint of the company's paper supply.
Staples has enrolled in the Rainforest Alliance's SmartSource program, a customized service for companies and organizations that want to examine and improve their forest-product purchasing policies and practices. The goal of the program is to assist a company with establishing responsible purchasing policies and implementing a responsible sourcing program that, gradually but steadily moves suppliers toward more sustainable practices and Forest Stewardship Council-certified sourcing. Other companies participating in the Rainforest Alliance's SmartSource program include Scholastic, The Coca Cola Company, Gibson, Unilever and Kraft.
Overcoming the Challenges of Green Procurement Through eProcurement, calls out nine eProcurement best practices and demonstrates how they will help you reduce environmental waste and implement and manage your Green purchasing programme. This eBook also provides you with steps your organisation take to leverage these same best practices, even if you don’t already have an eProcurement system in place. Lastly, you will read about a list of factors to consider when selecting preferred suppliers to ensure you are capitalising on the benefits of eProcurement, as they pertain to your Green procurement initiatives.
Calculate your impact Want to know how utilising eProcurement can help you reduce your carbon footprint? Check out our free Green Calculator and find out what kind of impact you could have on the environment.
Currently all of the company's 1,550 Copy & Print centers in the U.S. use 50 percent FSC-certified paper for its black-and-white copiers; Staples intends to make the majority of the papers it sells FSC-certified by the end of 2010
The SmartSource program aims to work with companies to establish responsible purchasing policies as a way of moving entire supply chains toward more sustainable practices and FSC certification. The Forest Stewardship Council is one of several certifying bodies for forestry and paper products in the U.S., but is widely considered to be the most rigorous [PDF] available.
Actio Corp., the leading provider of SaaS solutions for supply chain materials information management and environmental compliance in manufacturing and distribution, is pleased to announce the launch of its new and improved web site. The upgraded and updated site is the result of thorough analysis, design, and positioning. The site can be viewed at www.actio.net.
This year's report is unlike any other we've released. It contains more data than we've been able to provide in past reports: more eco responsibility data, including increased data on water usage, waste, and product takeback; more supply chain greenhouse gas emissions data and other supplier information; and more data on corporate governance, including news of the dramatic jump in our S&P Index score (from 61.5% to 99.6%) and in our Industry Index score (from 94.8% to 100%).
Since 2007, ForestEthics has teamed up with Dogwood Alliance to create the Green Grades office supply report card to inform American consumers and large purchasers of office supply products about which companies’ paper practices safeguard the environment and the world’s forests.
Given these challenges, executives (thankfully) no longer equate the Supply Chain Management discipline as simply sourcing materials at the lowest cost. Microsoft Industry and Supply Chain Solution Management teams, in surveying its customers, ISV and SI partners, and consulting with independent Industry Analysts has identified the following Supply Chain investment Megatrends..
With the latest iteration of its supply network modeling product, announced this week, software provider LLamasoft aims to help manufacturers gauge their "green" quotient and make educated decisions on how to make improvements.
Supply Chain Guru 4.1 outfits companies with the ability to measure their total greenhouse gas emissions and assess how they can lower that footprint, all with carbon offset purchases factored in, the company said.
To set up the initial model of a supply chain through Supply Chain Guru, manufacturers enter detailed information on the products they sell, their operational locations, inventory, sourcing, transportation structures, and material handling and manufacturing policies. The software then creates a composite picture of the network.
Carbon management is set to be a permanent fixture on the business and regulatory landscape from now on.
Adapt quickly to these new operating conditions and your organiszation will reap the benefits – not just by complying with regulations, but by embracing innovative business practices that increase efficiency, boost brand capital, improve employee satisfaction and position you as a good corporate citizen in an increasingly values-led market.
With the development of emissions regulations and company carbon footprint goals, commercial pursuits are tilting towards sustainability -- or are they? A new study by Business Performance Management Forum and E2open has found that while businesses understand the need for sustainable supply chain management, the necessary changes have yet to be made.
The report suggested the advantages provided by a centralized eHub, a benefit that only 20 percent of respondents utilized. Some of the companies cited as using an integrated global control platform successfully were Cisco, Dell, Seagate and Xerox.
More than 150 supply chain management experts, practitioners, and policy makers are expected to gather at a conference May 21 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to exchange best practices for sustainable supply chains. Registration is now open for executives, nonprofit leaders, policy makers, and academics.
The conference, “Advancing Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains: Innovation, Integration, Incentives,” is co-sponsored by the Global Supply Chain Management Forum and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
HP issued its annual Global Citizenship Report, which describes the company’s policies, programs, performance and goals for fiscal year 2008. The comprehensive web-based report is available at www.hp.com/go/report.
A shorter version of the report, highlighting insights and best practices to help enterprise and public sector customers, is available at www.hp.com/go/customer.
Among the focus areas detailed in the report are ethics and compliance, human rights and labor practices, environmental sustainability, privacy and social investment. Notable accomplishments include:
HP became the first IT company to report the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its product manufacturing by publishing the emissions attributed to its first-tier suppliers.
In 2008, HP recovered for reuse 3.5 million hardware units weighing 75 million pounds (34,000 metric tonnes) and increased its recycling volume to 265 million pounds (120,000 metric tonnes) globally.
HP announced an industry-first engineering breakthrough that uses recycled content - from cartridges returned through the HP Planet Partners return and recycling program and materials such as plastic water bottles - in manufacturing new Original HP inkjet cartridges.
In 2008, HP audited 142 of its suppliers at 246 sites and found a significant reduction in incidences of nonconformance in areas such as nondiscrimination practices and worker health and safety.
HP continued implementation of its privacy accountability model, which goes beyond compliance with laws and industry norms to also take into account HP values and customer expectations and risks to its business and that of its customers.
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The integrity, experience and commitment of the EMS to a green initiative will greatly affect the effectiveness of the implementation of the environmental management system and the progress of a green supply chain thereafter. ...