GREEN SUPPLY CHAINS
AN ACTION MANIFESTO
VIVEK SOOD (www.viveksood.com)
Managing Director Global Supply Chain Group For over 25 years Captain Vivek Sood has empowered corporations in 5 continents to achieve their peak potential – in operations, in strategy, and in all components of their entire supply chains. In January 2000, he co-founded and managed Global Supply Chain Group, a high impact services company made up of supply chain pioneers and thought leaders who work only on selected high impact strategy projects with some of the largest corporations in the world.
Prior to that, Sood was a management consultant with top-tier strategy consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton. The Sydney resident travels 60% of his time around the world for a single passion – creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. A dynamic, compelling professional and presenter, Sood has a unique ability to shake-up the status quo and transform operations to maximise returns. His work experience spans more than 80 countries around 5 continents, and clients range from Fortune 500 companies to some of best known brands on earth.
He has also worked with some of the most innovative green technology companies to help create outstanding supply chains from scratch for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth businesses in periods as short as 18 months. His work has added cumulative value in excess of $500M, incorporating projects in major supply chain infrastructure investment decisions, profitable growth driven by global supply chain realignment, supply chain systems, negotiations and all other aspects of global supply chains. Sood is also an acclaimed author of two very highly regarded books. He writes regular path breaking articles and lectures at business schools, supply chain conferences, forums and workshops in various parts of the world.
Stuart Emmett has a background in supply chain, logistics and international trade. Based in the UK; he has also resided in Nigeria.Since 1998, as CEO of Learn & Change Ltd, he works as a mentor, trainer/consultant and is the author of many books on management and supply chain topics. He currently works with many industries and with many nationalities spread over five continents. Qualified at Masters Level from Cranfield University, he is also a Chartered Fellow and Chartered Member of many institutes covering the Supply Chain, Leadership, Management and People Development. Contact: www.learnandchange.com
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Green Supply Chain – An Action Manifesto is written for those managers, executives and board members who want to do the right thing as they discharge their duties towards their companies. Clearly any company can reduce its carbon footprint to zero, just by taking one single action – outsourcing every carbon producing activity to another country, or company. Yet that just sweeps the dirt under the carpet. There is a better way, and this book shows a systematic approach to do just that.
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It is generally accepted that environmental consciousness is now changing to environmental proactiveness as organizations are discovering that it makes good commercial sense.
Boards are asking the management to review their policies related to environmental norms, not only to bolster their corporate social responsibility aims, but also because consumers are asking for greener supply chains.
It is also widely agreed that consumers will increasingly prefer to buy more and even pay more for products or services provided in an environmentally sound manner.
Green Supply Chains therefore address four interrelated areas of the supply chains: upstream, downstream, within the organization, and the connecting logistics process:
- Upstream activities of a manufacturing product organization include the Green Design, Green Procurement, and evaluation of suppliers ’ environmental performance.
- Downstream activities usually comprise those activities related to the usage of the products till it is finally consumed. This includes any recovery and recycling opportunities after it has provided its utility and also the disposal and sale of excess stocks.
- Within the organization, Green Supply Chain Management includes those activities related to Green Design, Green Packaging, and Green Production.
- In logistics, activities such as just – in – time, fulfillment, lot size management, and quality management all have clear connections to environmental criteria.
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- Reading this book might make you appear taller, slimmer or more attractive to people who appreciate finer things in life. Benefits of Green Supply Chain are summarised in the table on page 8 in this excerpt from the book.
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