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P&G Provides Free Access to Supply Chain Analysis Tool

Procter & Gamble's Excel-based environmental sustainability scorecard analysis tool is now free for use by any company that wants measure and interpret key environmental sustainability metrics across their supply chains.

By providing this tool for free, P&G says it hopes to enable other companies to focus on improving their environmental footprint without investing in the development of analysis software. 

The Scorecard Analysis Tool is the latest publicly available component of P&G’s supplier scorecard, which was designed to improve the environmental footprint of P&G’s supply chain, fuel innovation, and encourage suppliers to make environmental improvements in their own supply chains. The scorecard measures absolute or intensity improvements in nine key metrics including energy use, water use, waste disposal and greenhouse gas emissions on a year-to-year basis.

The scorecard is just one aspect of sustainability efforts across P&G that the company estimates have led to nearly $1 billion in bottom-line operational savings from reductions in energy, water, waste and CO2 at its own facilities over the past ten years.

The scorecard also has resulted in improvements and increased innovation and collaboration within P&G’s supplier network. Some specific changes it has catalyzed include deleting plastic windows on a brand’s cartons, reducing manufacturing scrap waste, replacing petroleum-based materials with certified Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) material, and identifying opportunities to more efficiently transport products and reduce the quantity of trucks used.

Last year’s scorecard enabled the first year-on-year data analysis and identified the following trends:

  • The greatest improvements in the Company’s environmental footprint came with its logistics and chemicals suppliers.
  • Suppliers from developing markets such as China, India and Brazil tended to show the most improvement with US suppliers not far behind.
  • Nearly half of the companies earning the highest rating came from Europe.
  • The two measurable areas with the greatest improvement across the board were Hazardous waste and Water Usage (Output / Discharge). Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 1) and Fuel Energy were tied for third.
  • Overall, when combining all suppliers and categories, there was an improvement in 55 percent of the measurable categories

“Our scorecard is about collaboration and innovation, and it’s working,” said Rick Hughes, P&G’s Chief Purchasing Officer. “About 25% of our external business partners offered innovation ideas where they could work with P&G to further improve our environmental footprint, and we are working now to exploit those.” At the same time, the scorecard results clearly show that there are plenty of areas of opportunity. “We will continue to work with our external business partners on ways to reduce their environmental footprint and improve their score,” said Hughes. “This is a journey, and we’re just at the beginning.”

P&G will hold a public webinar training session on Wednesday April 18th at 9 a.m. EDT (3 p.m. CEST). The webinar will explain P&G’s learning from the scorecard process, show how an actual scorecard is completed and rated, and show how to use the analysis tool. Register for the event online.

Earlier this year P&G partnered with Be Green Packaging, a molded fiber supplier, to develop a new package for its Fusion ProGlide razer using fiber material made from bamboo, sugarcane, and bulrush.

Bart King is a PR consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications.

Bart King is the principal and founder of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. Follow him @bart_king and on LinkedIn.

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