Supply Chain Management 


“Sustainability is becoming a driver of business strategy for smart companies. Sustainability trends affect competitiveness, costs, regulatory risk, and market position. The companies that reduce emissions along their supply chains will capture new markets with their green offerings while preserving the environment and improving worker health and safety.”     World Resources Institute President – Jonathan Lash


In the past, supply chain management has traditionally focused on upstream social risks such as working conditions, child labour and minimum wages.  More recently, the concept has expanded to include a broader range of economic, environmental and social issues across the entire value chain.  This means that supply chain management must increasingly consider suppliers capacity to innovate, retain talent and mitigage risks.


Companies face a major dilemma when trying to meet supply chain managements such as lower costs and faster deliveries without compromising on improved sustainability performance and quallity.  Once companies have outsourced a significant share of their reputtional risks, corporate social responsibility and environmental impact to their suppliers, supply chain management becomes one of the most important sustainability issues that they must address.  As such – we have dedicated a segment just to Sustainable Supply Chain Management.

 How can big businesses save billions?

Carbon Trust, Market: UK, Year: 2016


This white paper examines the key drivers of supply chain risk and opportunity for companies through the perspective of energy and climate change. We propose a comprehensive approach to addressing this challenge by looking at supplier-focused actions, as well as re-thinking products and business models.Get the solution from this report to know how to save billions for your business


Sourcing Legally Produced Wood: A Guide for Businesses

World Resources Institute Market: Global, Year: 2014

/>This booklet provides an overview of key legality issues in the global wood trade that businesses should consider when purchasing wood and paper-based products. Topics covered include trade regulations (e.g., the Lacey Act, the European Union Timber Regulation, and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition), public and private procurement policies, trade bans, and resources for meeting legality requirements.


Verifying Environmental Sustainability in the Electronics Marketplace

Source: UL Environment, Inc Market: Global, Year: 2014

Selecting an appropriate strategy for verifying product environmental sustainability has become an increasingly complicated process for manufacturers in the electronics marketplace. This UL white paper provides details on the sustainability verification options available to electronics manufacturers.


Guardian Sustainable Business Awards – Case Studies


The Guardian Sustainable Business in the UK has some great case studies from their annual Sustainable Business Awards. Check out winners in Supply Chain from 2012 , 2013 and 2014


Driving Sustainability Impact Through Procurement

BSRs Center for Sustainable Procurement Market: Global, Year: 2013

Center for Sustainable Procurement (CSP) provides guidance for global companies to integrate sustainability into procurement decisions, given a range of product complexities and supplier relationships.


Supply chain integrity – life or death for your business

Mallen Baker Market: UK, Year: 2013

Supply chain integrity – life or death for your business


CDP’s supply chain program now includes water.

Carbon Disclosure Project. Market: Global 2013

Supplier reporting is really vital since the supply chain often accounts for the largest portion of a company’s water use and risk. By using the standardized, global system that you and your suppliers are accustomed to, CDP offers a simple solution to a complex problem for sustainability and procurement professionals alike.


Supply Chain Energy Efficiency: Engaging Small & Medium Entities in Global Production Systems

NorthStar Initiative & University of Minnesota. Market: USA, Year: 2013

The US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) partnered with the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment’s NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE) to convene 31 participants from energy service companies, finance, retail, NGOs, government and academia to brainstorm real solutions to the energy in supply chain challenge. This report summarises the group’s findings and outlines a roadmap to close the gap between the energy efficiency opportunities that are identified and those implemented in the supply chain.


How Walmart is using its sustainability metrics to drive productivity.

GreenBiz. Market: USA, Year: 2012

Whenever Walmart takes on a project, it creates ripples – if not tidal waves – throughout every industry it touches. So it’s somewhat surprising, looking back, to learn that when the retail giant first began tackling sustainability goals, it followed an anecdotal, aimless route, seeing an opportunity and going after it, without a system. Of course, Walmart measured its suppliers and products on “everything under the sun,” but it did not have a real framework until it launched the Sustainability Index in 2009.


The Sustainability Index, which is not proprietary to Walmart is open for use by any company, serving as a tool to improve the products its customers favor, integrate sustainability into the business, increase product quality, find supply chain efficiency and drive the productivity loop by reducing costs. Discover more…


Sustainability index Version 1.0 Supplier Survey

GreenBiz Walmart. Market: Global, 2009

The Sustainability Product Index is a guide for rating the sustainability of products. The survey consists of 15 questions into 4 categories: energy and climate, material efficiency, natural resources and people and community. Walmart’s suppliers were asked to fill in the questionnaire. The survey is the first phase of project. Second phase involves the development of a Sustainability Index Consortium which measures the impact and resource use of products from raw materials through to end-of-life. The final phase is to develop a customer-facing rating system.


Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices

Market: Global, Year: 2010

Provides information on initiatives, resources and tools to assist companies in developing more sustainable supply chains, as well as case examples of good business practices.

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Supply Chain Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement

Market: Global, Year: 2010

Presents practical steps for how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. Includes examples of good corporate practices.



A Global Language for Packaging and Sustainability – A Framework and measurement system for our industry

Market: Global, Year: 2010

This report, created by the Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Packaging Project, presents a packaging sustainability framework and measurement system in the hope of developing a global standard. In addition to explaining some commonly-accepted packaging principles, the report lists 52 indicators for packaging sustainability, which are explained in more detail in this document.



Value-Oriented Supply Chains

Market: Global, Year: 2010

A more focused, segmented and collaborative view of the role of supply chains can be more valuable for companies and their customers. By determining how to give each customer segment what it values, firms can balance the tradeoffs between offering the service customers want and expect while keeping profits up.



The Sustainability Agenda: Industry perspectives

PWC. Market: Global, Year: 2010

In this paper, PwC examines the unique challenges and dynamics of complex global supply chains across five key sectors; energy, transportation and logistics, retail and consumer, technology and banking and capital markets.



The Inclusive Business Challenge

World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2010

The Inclusive Business Challenge is an easy-to-use presentation and simulation tool to help companies and stakeholders identify and implement models that profitably engage low-income populations across companies’ value chains and develop affordable products and services that meet the needs of low-income populations.


Human Rights Issue Brief

Market: Global, Year: 2010

The briefing note sets out the generally accepted scope of human rights and its link to the responsible business agenda; human rights in the workplace and wider supply chain; consumers and human rights; examples of corporate good practice; and finally looks at the future direction of business and human rights.



How To: Manage your Supply Chains Responsibly

Market: Global, Year: 2009

This How To Guide outlines why responsible supply chain management is vital to your business; the types of risks and issues commonly found within supply chains; and a practical step-by-step approach to meet these challenges.



Perspectives on Information Management in Sustainable Supply Chains

Market: Global, Year: 2007

To respond to demands for responsible practices among supply chain partners, companies must equip their organizations with tools to effectively manage information related to sustainability. Companies will need to re-evaluate their investment in and commitment to transparency, communication and collaboration, with the goal of significantly improving their sustainability performance across a wide range of partners.



Speech for the Business for Millennium Development National Summit

Market: Australia, Year: 2008

This is the transcript of the speech of Oxfam Australia’s Executive Director, Andrew Hewett, for the Business for Millennium Development National Summit addressing business development by using Nike’s case.



Business Action on Supplier Diversity

Market: UK, Year: 2007

Business Action on Supplier Diversity showcases the work of 8 leading companies who have seen the business benefits of supporting and buying from local minority-led businesses. Business_Action_on_Supplier_Diversity_Jan_07.pdf


Small, Smart and Sustainable – Experiences of SME Reporting in Global Supply Chains

Market: Global, Year: 2008

“What is the added value of the sustainability reporting process for SME suppliers in emerging economies and their multinational buyers?” This resource document aims to provide an answer to this question. It does this by examining and sharing experiences from over a year of the Transparency in the Supply Chain project, a project that works with both Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and their Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) suppliers in global supply chains to explore how sustainability reporting by SME suppliers can enhance understanding of sustainability performance and transparency in the supply chain. GRI_SSSReport.pdf


Oxfam Transparency Report II: Have Hong Kong Garment Companies Improved Their Reporting on Labour Standards?

Market: Hong Kong, Year: 2009

This paper is based on research undertaken by CSR Asia, with Dr. Stephen Frost and Ms. Catherine Walter as the researchers. This second Transparency Report revisits the issue of transparency in Hong Kong garment sector supply chain operations and seeks to provide an updated view of the overall performance, key developments and some of the key issues facing Hong Kong companies in this critical area. We hope that this report will encourage more Hong Kong garment companies to come forth and share in our efforts to improve labour standards, corporate transparency and simultaneously the reputation and competitiveness of Hong Kong companies. transparency_report_II.pdf


Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration (SCLC) Pilot Results and Findings Report

Carbon Disclosure Project.  Market: Global, Year: 2008

The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration (SCLC), which is a successful first step in creating a consistent approach for suppliers to report their climate change efforts to their customers and other stakeholders, is an effort to help companies better understand the climate impacts within their supply chains. Twelve companies (members) participated in a pilot collaboration launched in October 2007 and completed in February 2008. CDP_SCLC_Report1.pdf


Business in the world of water

Market: Global, Year: 2006

Everyone understands that water is essential to life. With population growth and economic development driving accelerating demand for everything, the full value of water is becoming increasingly apparent to all. Businesses cannot afford to ignore this trend. For some it means new economic opportunities in making water available to meet demand or in finding solutions to improve water quality and water use efficiency. For others, it means closer scrutiny of how they, their supply chains, and their markets access and use water, and f how new business risks emerge as they compete with other users. In any case, it is time for businesses of all sectors and sizes to add water to their strategic thinking. businesses_in_the_world_of_water.pdf


Greening the Supply Chain – approaches to upstream and downstream supply chain management. Matthew Warnken – Projects Director for Warnken Industrial and Social Ecology and Director Wise Briefing Notes.

Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit, Year: 2005

Increasingly organisations are becoming aware that their impacts are not limited to those that arise directly from immediate operations. In line with the Pareto principle, supply chain impacts beyond the ?factory fence’ can account for 80 per cent of all environmental and social impacts. At the same time this creates a powerful opportunity to leverage sustainability outcomes through ?greening the supply chain’. This session explores


•   mapping upstream and downstream actors in the supply chain

•   identification of impacts related to supply chain elements

•   approaches and tools to maximise supply chain opportunities for positive impact.