What is the size of the prize? Building resilient supply chains fit for the future - Executive Summary

Building sustainable supply chains
A sustainable supply chain means moving from managing risks and achieving compliance, to integrating environmental, social and economic criteria into decisions through the procurement lifecycle.
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Leading businesses are creating sustainable supply chains through their response to a variety of distinct situations and changing global contexts.

Sustainability in the supply chain requires senior leadership, company-wide sponsors and internal stakeholders to champion and integrate criteria into decisions through the procurement lifecycle.

Through case studies from companies at different stages of sustainability, this publication answers two significant questions:

Why is it worthwhile for companies to create sustainable supply chains?

We have identified five main drivers for creating sustainable supply chains:

  • New business and innovation

  • Leverage and manage reputation

  • Embed sustainability values

  • Generate cost savings

  • Collaborate

How have leading companies done this effectively?

Companies that are achieving sustainability in their supply chains are moving towards positive engagement with strategic suppliers creating value added relationships and partnerships.  We highlight example of companies that have moved towards positive engagement with suppliers by:

  • Uncovering root causes of supplier issues and challenges

  • Working together through joint problem solving

  • Achieving mutual respect

  • Building long term relationships

  • Treating suppliers as innovation partners

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