Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain

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1.0 Introduction There are numerous definitions of the terms ‘Sustainable’ and ‘Supply Chain’. For the simplistic but practical definition is “Management of raw materials and services from suppliers to manufacturer/ service provider to customer and back with improvement of the social and environmental impacts explicitly considered”. The supply chain considers the interactions between a business and its customers and suppliers. The greatest benefits are derived by extending the focus as far as possible upstream towards the raw materials, downstream towards the consumer and then back again as the product and wastes are recycled. Sustainable supply chains are among the biggest responsible business challenges. Accomplishing sustainable supply…show more content…
It is imperative to show employees the benefits of sustainability and what it can do for a company and our environment. Many organizations are holding conferences and workshops on sustainability. STEP 4: ADOPT MEASUREMENT TOOLS WHICH WORK FOR YOUR ORGANISATION These include written policies and communications materials, prequalification of suppliers (using social, environmental and economic criteria), purchasing guidelines and supplier partnerships. Managers often lack appropriate decision-making tools to help them assess the risks and benefits associated with managing their suppliers. STEP 5: IDENTIFY INITIATIVES THROUGHOUT THE ORGANISATION WHICH CAN GET EVERYONE INVOLVED INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY These may range from a zero waste policy to energy efficiency. The initiative needs to be driven from the top but will only succeed if everyone is involved. Use your relationship with suppliers or customers to progress sustainable development thinking across the supply chain. 4.0 Summary Sustainable Supply chain improvement requires focus on business process improvement, enabling technology, and social system transformation. In most companies, substantial effort is focused on business process improvements and/or implementation of enabling technologies. Too often the social system changes required to achieve sustained supply chain improvements remain inadequately addressed. We have presented a model of supply chain intervention that will enable
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