Thursday, December 20, 2012

Supply Chain Report 2012: Sustainability Offers a Competitive Advantage

According to an article in Forbes careful measurement and management of sustainability provides short-term, hard-nosed business advantages, especially when it comes to logistics. This is the finding in Supply Chain Report 2012 (pdf) from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In this report researchers asked companies about their sustainability initiatives and those of their suppliers, and found an increasing expectation that suppliers take a genuine interest in sustainability.

“The business case is strong and growing: suppliers that do not measure, quantify, and manage their greenhouse-gas emissions will soon see their business move to competitors that can provide better information and clearer evidence of change,” the report concluded.

Sustainability is about more than just appealing to consumers. It is increasingly a competitive advantage among B2B suppliers. Sustainability throughout the supply chain decreases emissions and saves money.

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