Greetings! As a newly minted Kinaxis community expert blogger, I want to first thank Lauren Bossers and the Kinaxis Team for all their efforts to date to establish the Supply Chain Community. The supply chain world needs places like this where information can be shared and communicated, and where innovative ideas can be born and launched. I am truly excited to be here.
Now to why I am here. My body of expertise comes with an environmental lens. I have been asked to share my experiences related to all things elated to design, development and implementation of what is generally referred to as “green supply chain management” (GSCM). I aim to introduce concepts, share case studies, raise questions and offer practical tips on implementing value chain driven sustainable sourcing processes.
I’ve written, taught and presented on this topic for many years, as an outgrowth of my sustainability-focused consulting work. I wrote this spring on how newly issued reports cited an increasing emphasis of supply chain management as a vital ingredient of a successful business strategy in a rapidly changing global economy (http://bit.ly/93C2Xp). At the same time, the concept of a Green Supply Chain is gaining interest among operations practitioners as a sustainable and profitable undertaking.
GSCM is ‘integrating environmental thinking into supply-chain management, including product design, material sourcing and selection, manufacturing processes, delivery of the final product to the consumers as well as end-of-life management of the product after its useful life’ (Srivastava, 2007)
More recently I have written that sustainable sourcing and green supply chain effectiveness must include supplier monitoring and “verification” to truly be effective and sustainable (http://bit.ly/bWKdmm). That is why recent supplier mandates from IBM, Proctor & Gamble and Kaiser Permanente stand above the rest by including a verification element to supplier conformance. Supplier data on critical issues such as energy and fuel use, carbon emissions, and resource consumption are in turn rolled up to support company-specific corporate sustainability performance criteria.
This year I had the honor of speaking at the Aberdeen Supply Chain Summit on green supply chain management. I will use future posts to expand on the issues and ideas that emerged from that dialogue- but two central themes emerged- transparency and collaboration. These two issues tended to dominate all the supply chain tracks as the global economy continues its shift to a more carbon-free, resource limited and efficiency focused business marketplace.
I hope that my postings will generate questions and advance the discussion on the importance of socially and environmentally responsible supply chain management that yields positive financial benefit. I also hope that our discussion is collaborative and transparent. No idea is a bad idea here! I ask that each of you that join me weekly ask questions back, and make this a truly open dialogue among professionals in the supply chain and logistics space.
So ask yourselves: “What color is my supply chain”? And in turn I ask: “Did you ever notice that an environmentally responsible (green) supply chain is the same color as money?”