Inserting Sustainability Into the Supply Chain Design Process

Track 1: Monitoring and Reporting
Tuesday, June 6 | 2:10 – 2:50 p.m.

Speaker: David Meyer, senior consultant, BSI

Today, companies are finding that inserting the sustainability principles into supply chain planning and implementation is no longer merely a mandate that must be dealt with at the “back end.” Those with foresight understand that sustainability must be a fundamental part of the design process from the very beginning, as manufacturers, large and small, continue to set a higher bar for responsible sourcing and supplier codes of conduct. Identifying and developing value-added transparency and proactive collaboration throughout the supply chain is now proving itself a way to leverage organizational risk.

In this session, the presenter will review the key elements of supply chain management, sustainability and the linkages between the two that drive business success. In this session, you will learn:

  • Where to begin with the supply chain when it comes to assuring that sustainability is built into every step along the way along the “value chain.”
  • How those who have mastered this process deal with elements of the value chain they typically believe they have little control or influence over.
  • What you need to do make sure that, not only your supply chain is on firm footing from a sustainability perspective, but that the overall design process corresponds with your company’s business and strategic objectives.

Several case studies across several business sectors will be presented that demonstrate how companies can engage and collaborate with their “major spends” and how to drive supply chain transparency.