Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Walmart and HP's Sustainable Supply Chains

Walmart and HP are two examples of companies that are leveraging their buying power to increase sustainability throughout their supply chains.

Wal-Mart has launched a number of sustainable supply chain programs, including its Sustainability Value Network which directly involves its suppliers in a number of green initiatives. Wal-mart also implemented a supplier packaging scorecard, that formally rates suppliers on their progress toward developing sustainable packaging, as well as their ability to help Wal-Mart reach the company's sustainability goals to reduce waste, use renewable energy and sell sustainable products.

In 2008, HP published a set of guidelines to make their supply chain more sustainable. The guidelines help multinationals to better equip their suppliers. This initiative focuses on assisting small and medium-sized business to effectively compete in the global market while improving environmental standards.

Although there are barriers that need to be overcome, sustainable supply chains are part of a trend that is sure to continue.

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