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Call for Content! October's Issue in Focus: Driving Supply Chain Sustainability

Every organization – whether company, government, academic institution or NGO – has one, and no two are exactly alike. In every instance, supply chains are integral to the effective operation of an organization. For companies, supply chains are critical to the profitability of every company.

Supply chains are also the source of significant sustainability risk and impact. Supply chain risks and impacts are the sustainability risks and impacts of the 21st century; increasingly, the issues supply chain professionals and sustainability professionals need to manage are identical.

As guest editor for this issue, Phil Berry, Vice President of Sustainability Strategy at WSP Environment and Energy, is seeking content to publish during the month of October. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company’s supply chain and sustainability plans, programs and activities that reduce risk or increase sustainability.

Content Guidelines

WHAT: Written, audio or video perspectives on management concepts and actions across any aspect of your supply chain. Certainly descriptions of measurable improvements are desired but equally important is the struggle with supply chains – planning, values, metrics, collaboration, progress and failures. At the heart of all of work in our supply chains is our shared effort to manage what we don’t own and don’t fully control.

If written, please edit to 600 to 1000 words.

WHO: Supply chain managers, directors and VPs, CFOs, COOs and sustainability professionals at all levels in companies, governments, academic institutions and NGOs. Suppliers to western brands are especially encouraged to submit their experience and efforts in supply chain leadership.

WHEN: Specific ideas are due by the end of the day, September 28. Publishing will occur on a rolling basis during October 2012.

Examples of Supply Chain and Sustainability Content

All examples of supply chain management are welcome. The vast majority of supply chain management efforts contain an element of sustainability, so it is critical that it be highlighted in the submittal:

  • Bettering People’s Lives: Efforts to improve the lives of people in the supply chain through more secure employment, better labor conditions or community actions
  • Energy and Carbon Management: Programs and efforts to measure and reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions across, or in one part of, the supply chain
  • Supply Chain Alignment with Sustainable Services, Raw Materials or Products: Supply chains supporting the creation of more sustainable products or services
  • Supplier Collaboration and Scorecards: Efforts to align data and communication flows to support values or specific metrics in a supply chain
  • Sourcing: Using sustainability to drive supply chain design and construction or highly innovative procurement programs
  • Toxics, Water, Wastewater and Waste: Plans and efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of supply chains – including Lean Enterprise Systems in manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors
  • Raw Material Traceability and Impacts: Efforts to define where raw materials, components and products originate
  • Packaging: Successful implementation of efforts to reduce the life-cycle impacts of packaging
  • Transportation and Logistics: Programs and experiments to increase effectiveness and also measurably reduce impact – such as cross-docking and shortened distribution legs
  • Data Management: Successful data collection and its transformation into usable knowledge is at the heart of most successful supply chain and sustainability programs

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Jennifer Elks is Managing Editor of Sustainable Brands. She is a writer, editor and foodie who is passionate about improving food systems, closing loops and creating more livable cities. She loves cooking, wine, cooking with wine, correcting spelling errors in… [Read more about Jennifer Elks]


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