Nowadays, Supply Chains have become more visible and more global, and the question about their impact on the environment and global sustainability is increasing. Authors created this practical road map to include this green dimension in supply chains.
You want to manage a Supply Chain and you care about the environment? Start by asking five fundamental questions about your supply chains and what you expect from it. This book, Green Supply Chain – An Action Manifesto, could help you in your choices, your reasoning, and your project thanks to a deep analysis. “What are the tangible and intangible benefits of moving towards a green supply chain?
- What are the costs, both direct and indirect?
- What influence do we have over our suppliers, their suppliers and our customers that would allow us to jointly work together and move the supply chain towards a green supply chain?
- How will we communicate and measure our progress towards the green supply chain to the key stakeholders? How will we engage them?
- What barriers to green supply chains can be expected and how can these be overcome?”
However authors’ analysis has revealed four key additional points to go further in your understanding of this new problematic:
- “Companies are still primarily focused on environmentally conscious internal production. Any company can become totally carbon neutral by outsourcing all its production. Shifting the carbon producing activity up or down the supply chains does nothing more than hide the dirt under someone else’s carpet. A holistic approach to carbon management is required, and this is provided by adoption of Green Supply Chain methodology.
- Environmental pro-activism is generally assumed to come at an additional cost to the corporations. It is widely thought that going green is expensive. On the contrary, our modelling indicates that adoption of Green supply Chain methodology should result in overall cost reduction providing this is done in a thorough and logical manner.
- Most business models are focused on growing the volume of their current offerings of goods or services to increase profits. A change in this focus towards providing customer end outcomes will not only reduce the impact on the environment, but also secure and/or increase market share whilst improving profitability.
- Well beyond mainstream business thinking on environmental impact of technology, our discussions with Professor Ernst von Weizsacker (co-author of the book “Factor Four; Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use” 1998, with Amory & Hunter Lovins) highlight a radical concept aimed at doubling wealth, whilst concurrently halving resource consumption through innovative technological push. The implications for Green Supply Chains and for business performance more generally, are staggering. However, in the rest of this book, our conclusions are based on current technological limitations whilst noting that the “Factor 4” thinking and its associated technological push would actually multiply the benefits significantly; if brought into practice.”