21 Jul '11, 3pm

Is Sustainability All about the Supply Chain?

If your company is not named Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Pepsi or something similar, the upstream supply chain might look rather opaque or the upstream suppliers might not be in a position to cooperate on sustainability initiatives. There are really two variables at play here. One is sheer size: Large companies will always get more cooperation out of their suppliers than small and medium enterprises. The second variable has to do with where a company is located on the supply chain. Companies that are closer to the consumer – such as retailers – can often identify their immediate upstream suppliers more easily. Companies that are both large and close to the consumer have a unique capacity to mobilize their suppliers in search of supply-chain-wide efficiencies.

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/07/21/is-sustaina...

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