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Supply Chain Carbon Management: From Disclosure to Better Performance

January 25, 2013 by Ryan Schuchard

There remains a significant gap in efforts to reduce GHG emissions between multinational corporations (MNCs) and their suppliers. While 92% of the MNCs who request supplier information also have emissions reduction targets, only 38% of the reporting suppliers do. And, while 69% of those MNCs are investing in emissions reduction, only 27% of suppliers are doing the same.[read more]

Stakeholder Relationships: Key to a Sustainable Enterprise

April 14, 2012 by John Friedman

Photo by Jeff Kubina via Flickr

Employee engagement and customer loyalty are intangible (non-physical) assets that contribute more - up to 80 percent - to the value of a company than the physical 'things' it owns. So stakeholder relationships (CSR) are not just 'nice' to have, they're critical.[read more]

Showcasing Supply Chains

February 17, 2012 by Richard Crespin

A few years ago, Nike paid the price for the bad labor and human rights practices of its suppliers. Now it's Apple's turn in the penalty box.[read more]


What Would You Do with Apple's Supply Chain?

February 2, 2012 by Ted Coine

Certainly, most of us would see one such public suicide as an aberration; maybe even two. But how about twelve? If twelve (or more) of your workers threw themselves to their death in the same year to protest living and working conditions on your manufacturing campuses, would that be enough to convince you that something needed to change?[read more]

Will Apple Finally Embrace Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability w/ Tim Cook at Helm?

January 26, 2012 by Dave Meyer

If you have been a frequent reader of this space, you’d know my position on Apple and the manner in which it’s conducted its supply chain sustainability programs…or hasn’t.[read more]


A Sustainable Supply Chain in Action: DuPont Develops Biofuels

January 23, 2012 by Peter Murray

In my previous post I discussed why creating a sustainable supply chain is important and explored several aspects to consider when undertaking such an effort. This post will provide a case study in creating a sustainable supply chain based on our success within DuPont’s biofuels business.[read more]

Making the Case for a Sustainable Supply Chain: Why Now?

January 17, 2012 by Peter Murray

Anyone who’s been paying attention to global business trends has probably noticed the growing shift toward sustainability. Historically, sustainability has been defined solely by environmental and social impact as well as “green” products, with little visibility into how sustainability can enhance the supply chain.  Now companies...[read more]

Exporting Canadian Asbestos: A Reminder of Supply Chain Responsibility

December 19, 2011 by Mike Valente

Two Canadian asbestos mines shut down recently. Canada banned use of asbestos but continues to export it. What are the supply chain responsibilities?[read more]


Reporting: How Westpac Does It

December 8, 2011 by Elaine Cohen

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Westpac Group is Australia's largest banking group employing over 40,000 employees (FTE), with over 12 million customers and close to 900 retail branches. The bank has almost US$ 17 billion in net operating income and US$ 670 billion in total assets.[read more]

What Do I Stand For?

November 22, 2011 by Kimberly Knickle

As we approach the end of 2011, and start to look towards 2012, I have been thinking a lot about where the supply chain organization will need to focus to be a more successful partner to their business. Over the last couple of years, IDC Manufacturing Insights has framed each year with an overall theme for the supply chain:[read more]

First Sustainable Procurement App Illuminates Supply Chain Risks

October 25, 2011 by Carissa Wodehouse

Via Press Release Rosslyn Analytics and Trucost Launch World’s First Sustainable Procurement App. London and New York – October 25, 2011: Rosslyn Analytics, the leader in one-click data discovery and business intelligence software, and Trucost today launched the world’s first self-service sustainability app which enables procurement, supply chain and corporate social responsibility (CSR) departments to calculate and manage the carbon and water footprint of every supplier in their supply chain across the world in seconds.[read more]

Report From Oracle Open World: All Systems Go

October 21, 2011 by Kimberly Knickle

Bob Parker, Joe Barkai, Sheila Brennan, and I recently attended the Oracle Open World conference in San Francisco. We've pulled together our thoughts, with some of the more interesting word play coming from our very own Bob Parker, of course. At 45,000 attendees, this was the largest show ever although the energy was, at best, muted due largely to recent news on continued economic uncertainty. This malaise was magnified further by the passing of Apple's Steve Jobs on Wednesday. Oracle did its level best to excite the crowd about its plans moving forward and largely succeeded.[read more]