Meet the Sustainable Supply Chain
Currently, companies have been demanded differently. Now, in addition to the best product at the lowest price, it is expected that the product will have an impact on society and does not harm the environment. Sustainability has also become a reality in the supply chain. Do you want to know more about it? Take a look at this article!
As beautiful and simple the concept may seem at first glance, this is not the case. A study with 449 companies from different areas, showed that a little more than half of the companies apply some sustainable practice and, as good it sounds, the practices are the smallest possible. For example, sometimes the only sustainable part of a product is the recycled packaging.
Another negative factor is that some companies use their few sustainable resources to market themselves in this greener environment. However, looking at a more optimistic side, the companies are more open to listening to the public and meeting their demands.
What is Sustainable Supply Chain
A supply chain is the entire cycle of production, storage and distribution of products and services. Thus, a sustainable supply chain would be one with environmental awareness and responsibility in all processes in that chain.
Sustainability within the Supply Chain includes waste reduction, conscious exploration of raw materials, sustainable processes and practices that consider the impacts caused to the environment.
How to Implement Sustainability in the Supply Chain
Now that we have seen a little about what sustainability is about in the supply chain, we will see how to implement it to achieve the desired effects.
First, find out about documentation with partners dealing with environmental issues. These documents are more specific and may vary according to the type of activity.
Find out if your suppliers are ISO 14001 Certified, to find out if they are up to date with their obligations; if there are no irregularities or problems that may befall on your company. This certification specifies the pre-requisites and what to implement to respect and protect the environment.
In addition, best practices to implement regarding sustainable processes and proposals related to waste management, transportation, reducing the consumption of natural resources and social responsibility.
It is important to remember that sustainability is a concept that goes beyond caring for nature, also referring to child labor, abusive working hours, slave labor and unhealthy conditions.
Before closing a deal, find out if the potential partner, investor, or supplier is on lists such as the “dirty list”, which brings together companies fined for environmental and social violations.
It may not be easy to make a supply chain sustainable, but each small step is already a step forward to transform both the company and society, making more people (suppliers, employees, customers, etc.) aware.
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