Listen below for an in-depth look by the Sustainable Business Forum and partners at making supply chains more sustainable, greener, and more resiliant in 2012. Originally aired January 25, 2012.

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Could 2012 be a landmark year for companies embedding sustainability into the supply chain? A strong business case has emerged in the past several years for moving beyond the four walls into the supply chain to support sustainability, and smart companies (both large multi-national companies and local small businesses) are using unique and cost effective approaches to building transparency and sustainability into procurement programs.

Sustainable Business Forum hosted this discussion to explore case studies and tools that can help you measure sustainability in procurement, develop and implement company sustainability standards within your own firm, manage changing national and international regulatory requirements, and more.

Listen to the hour-long recording above and explore the related material posted here to learn how implementing sustainable sourcing initiatives along a company’s entire supply chain can:

  • Raise productivity and contain costs
  • Reduce product environmental footprint
  • Enhance customer and supplier relations and leverage brand trust
  • Support innovation and enable prosperous growth


Image Taylor Wilkerson is the Program Manager for LMI’s Research Institute where he manages LMI’s innovation programs. Taylor has been with LMI since 2001 as a consultant in the Supply Chain Management program. Prior to LMI, Taylor spent 6 years as an environmental engineering consultant. Mr. Wilkerson holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and is a Senior Fellow with the Robert H Smith School of Business Supply Chain Management Center.

ImageNicole Sherwin spent five years in media production and communications strategy for clients including BBC, NBC-Universal and JustMeans, specializing in documentary production and focused on capturing social and environmental complexities inherent in a globalized economy. She is currently a Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst for EcoVadis, a sustainable procurement platform, where she has led research on Conflict Minerals, Supplier Diversity, and Green IT. In 2010 she received her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. Personal curiosities include biomimicry, cultural anthropology and collective intelligence.

Image William Newman is Managing Principal for the Newport Consulting Group, bringing over 25 years of experience in strategy and IT planning across multiple industry sectors. He is a Certified Management Consultant since 1995 and has led several consulting practices at Booz & Company, DMR Consulting, KPMG BearingPoint, and Grant Thornton.  Mr. Newman is a trained SA-8000 social accountability consultant since 1999 and Social Fingerprint coach and trainer since 2011, as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at Northwood University and a graduate of the University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership Program.

Image Peter Murray, CIRM, is Supply Chain Development and Innovation Leader at DuPont, where his role is to take on whatever is new, different or difficult in a very broad definition of supply chain management. He collaborates with leading companies on benchmarking and developing advanced practices, and was part of the original team that developed the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional body of knowledge. Peter's focus areas include biofuels, resiliant and green supply chains, integrated business management, and the SCOR and GreenSCOR models, among others. He is a frequent speaker and contributor for APICS, IBF, SCChem/Logichem, and other leading conferences and has published several articles.

Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is business and sustainability. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at, and a lead blogger at The Energy Collective. He's also a husband and father, a lover of the outdoors and a marathon runner. Marc is the author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business. He's a graduate of Yale who lives in Bethesda, MD.