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Supply Chain Solutions Center offers tools to help supply chain professionals meet corporate environmental targets.
A new crowdsourced web platform launched today aims to help sustainability
professionals meet increasing demands to reduce corporate climate impacts and
and showcase results. The platform will fill a vital gap in sustainability
departments’ capacity to stay informed on the latest resources to address
environmental impacts across global supply chains.
While nearly half of Fortune 500 companies (48 percent) have at least one
climate or clean
target, today’s sustainability professionals are tasked with reducing impacts
across their entire value chains.
The Supply Chain Solutions Center (SCSC) —
developed by Environmental Defense Fund in collaboration with nearly a dozen
organizations, including CDP, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, The
Sustainability Consortium, ReFED, Field to Market: The Alliance for
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and Shelton Group — was
created to guide sustainability professionals in their efforts to mitigate the
environmental impacts of supply chains. Globally, consumer packaged goods supply
chains are responsible for over 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and
two-thirds of tropical deforestation.
“Our goal is to make finding sustainability solutions as easy as finding a movie
on Netflix or a song on Spotify,” said Elizabeth Sturcken, managing
director of EDF+Business. “Global supply chains can be massive and opaque,
but when every node of the chain has a lighter footprint, the economic and
environmental rewards are huge.”
The SCSC features hundreds of sustainability resources on an easily searchable
interface. The website’s tools — which include case studies, templates for
building sustainability plans and opportunities for connecting with NGO experts
— cover six areas: agriculture, energy, chemicals, waste,
The resources, which will be updated on a regular basis, include:
• Beginner, intermediate and advanced guides for understanding
the six sustainability areas, creating a sustainability plan and achieving
corporate sustainability goals.
• Case studies from companies such as Smithfield Foods,
IKEA and Panera Bread that detail how the companies have accomplished environmental goals.
• Model corporate chemical policies for retailers, grocers or
brands to show a public commitment to safer
chemicals, improve supply chain transparency, cultivate informed consumers and embed
safer product design.
“I commend EDF for creating a resource that provides access to meaningful
information for companies to learn more about best practices and initiatives
that can aid them as they seek to advance their sustainability efforts,” said
Laura Phillips, SVP for global sustainability at Walmart, Inc.
“Integrating sustainable practices into our operations and supply chain has
enabled Walmart to lower costs, spur innovation, inspire customer loyalty and
help reduce impact on the environment.”
Users can also take an assessment to evaluate their sustainability efforts to
date in order to find the most appropriate resources and they can create
tailored profiles that will suggest relevant content from verified contributors.
“TSC’s research and implementation services help suppliers measure and improve
their sustainability progress. We see that many of these companies are trying to
accomplish sustainability goals alone, and therefore struggle with making
progress,” said Euan Murray, chief executive of The Sustainability
Consortium. “The Supply Chain Solutions Center gives companies a coordinated way
to collaborate with non-profits like TSC, while also accessing resources from
across the industry.”
Shelton Group, a communications firm that frequently polls US consumers to
understand the drivers and obstacles to adopting sustainable products and
behaviors, worked with EDF to create the SCSC.
"We’re honored to continue our longstanding partnership with EDF, helping them
make complex topics simple and overwhelming amounts of information digestible.
That’s what we’ve accomplished together with the Supply Chain Solutions Center,”
said Suzanne Shelton,
president & CEO of Shelton Group. “Sustainability professionals now have an
intuitive, easy-to-use resource where they can quickly filter and find rich
content and tools related to the aspects of supply chains that they’re working
on. We believe the Supply Chain Solutions Center will be an important building
block in mainstreaming sustainability inside companies large and small, and
we’re thrilled to have created this with EDF."
Published Feb 27, 2019 1am EST / 10pm PST / 6am GMT / 7am CET