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Supply Chain Overview


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Supply Chain Overview

  1. 1. Supply Chain Overview & Resources Virtually every organization regardless of the industry, size, or location, has some sort of effect on society and the environment. In addition to impact of the product or service, the way the company does business and the manner in which its product is manufactured or service is delivered can also have a significant impact on our society and the environment. A company’s supply chain is the collection of organizations and resources involved with all aspects of the business from creating the product to delivering the product to the end customer. These organizations and resources might be involved with manufacturing, retail, transportation, distribution, storage, and more. And each of these links in your supply chain makes an impact on our world. Socially responsible supply chain management extends far beyond your own workplace and considers the effect of doing business throughout an organization's operations from supplier labor practices and working conditions to the impact on the environment. Listed here are a variety of information resources to help you determine how your company can integrate socially responsible business practices throughout your supply chain: Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum The Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum is a leading research institute in partnership with industry practitioners, the Stanford School of Engineering, and Stanford Graduate School of Business, that advances the theory and practice of excellence in global supply chain management. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, has decided to launch the development of an International Standard providing guidelines for social responsibility (SR). The guidance standard will be published in 2010 as ISO 26000 and be voluntary to use. It will not include requirements and will thus not be a certification standard. Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) BSR provides counsel to companies to help them develop policies and establish implementation approaches that address labor, environmental, transparency and other issues in their global supply chains. BSR helps companies identify and prioritize the primary social and environmental issues arising from operation of their global supply chains, and helps them develop structures for managing these issues effectively. Supply Chain Brain was created by Global Supply Chain Media, a division of Keller International Publishing, LLC in 1998 and has quickly developed into today’s most valuable supply chain management information source on the web. Supply-Chain Council (SCC) Supply-Chain Council (SCC) is a global non-profit consortium whose methodology, diagnostic and benchmarking tools help nearly a thousand organizations make dramatic and rapid improvements in supply chain processes. The SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference) model, developed by the Supply Chain Council, measures total supply chain performance. Entrepreneurs Foundation
  2. 2. Supply Chain Digest Supply Chain Digest is the industry's most valuable supply chain management and logistics publication. Supply Chain Digest is a weekly, on-line newsletter with lively information, news and commentary that summarizes and synthesizes important information for busy supply chain and logistics professionals. Greening Your Company and Its Supply/Distribution Chains: A Practical Guide to Developing a Successful Corporate Sustainability Program is a sustainability white paper by WM Upstream, Waste Management, Inc.’s ISO 14001 certified service group. In it they define “Green” as a “basic theme about minimizing the potential negative environmental impacts of your business and using all of your resources as efficiently as possible. Continually seek to eliminate all types of waste, protect the environment and increase operational efficiency to become more sustainable, while reducing total costs.” “10 Quick Tips to Green Your Office*” created by Green Consultants for Entrepreneurs Foundation 1. Eliminate unnecessary photocopying and reuse packaging for shipping. 2. Encourage e-mailing. When paper is necessary, print on both sides and use old letterhead for scratch. 3. Call your local utility which most likely offers consultations on how to reduce usage and save money. Frequent suggestions include improving insulation and installing timers to turn lights off automatically. 4. Provide reserved parking for carpoolers. Offer transit passes to employees who take the bus or subway and bike racks for cyclists. Let workers telecommute. 5. Teleconference instead of traveling. For must-go trips, keep track of the miles driven and flown and buy "carbon offsets" from a nonprofit such as to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions. 6. Tell suppliers that you're interested in sustainable products and set specific goals for buying recycled, refurbished, or used. Make the environment, and not just price, a factor when purchasing. 7. Consider the petroleum it takes to ship and receive products. Evaluate the impact of products you buy or sell, and find ways to mitigate waste. 8. Many offices have toxic substances, such as used batteries and copier toner, on hand. Talk to suppliers about alternatives to toxics, and make sure you properly dispose of the ones you can't avoid using. 9. Create a team to lead the company's eco-efforts and determine where you can have the biggest impact for the least amount of money. 10. Inform suppliers and customers about your efforts. And get in touch with local regulatory agencies, many of which offer financial incentives to businesses that clean up their acts. Entrepreneurs Foundation