Sustainability

Innovations in Sustainability: EcoVadis & Avery Dennison

Posted: 08/26/2019 - 06:18
Innovations in Sustainability: EcoVadis & Avery Dennison

Can you outline why your team embarked on this project and the problem that needed to be solved?

Avery Dennison recognizes that its environmental and social impacts extend beyond its own walls. Led by Mitch Butier, President and CEO, Avery Dennison sets high standards and goals for responsible purchasing practices as part of its overall sustainability vision. Its business philosophy originally started with “first, do no harm,” but then quickly evolved to “become a force for good.”
 

Innovations in Sourcing: Microsoft & CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project)

Posted: 08/16/2019 - 04:24

Can you outline why your team embarked on this project and the problem that needed to be solved?

Aligning with Microsoft’s overall mission to “Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more,” and the company’s long-term commitment to carbon neutrality, (since 2012), Microsoft’s Responsible Sourcing team recognized a gap in its own, and hence Purchasers as a whole, ability to accurately measure the CO2 footprint of a global supply chain.  
 

The Rise of the Ethical Consumer and Why Businesses Need to Follow

Posted: 08/12/2019 - 23:44
The human population is rapidly increasing. According to the UN, it may reach 9.7 billion by 2050, which is expected to increase food demand between 59 to 98%. As a result, agricultural markets will be impacted in ways we haven’t seen before. Farmers will have to increase agricultural land or enhance productivity, which still may not be quick enough to meet the forecasted demand for food. Climate change-driven water shortages, increasing global temperatures and extreme weather changes will also have a major effect on food production.

Money talks: Making the Case for Sustainable Procurement Investments

Posted: 08/01/2019 - 00:04
The business benefits and value derived from robust responsible procurement programs can be remarkable, such as driving uplift revenue by 5% to 20%, reducing supply chain costs by 9% to 16% and increasing brand value by 15% to 30%. Creating such programs requires investing in key internal areas, such as new tools, staff and strategies to reap the value that’s possible.  
 

Stop, Drop and Get Sustainable: Four Ways to Get Sustainable Procurement Started Now

Posted: 03/01/2019 - 04:02
Whether you read the news on purpose or stumble upon headlines inadvertently, it is tough to miss the stream of stories related to the impacts of climate change. For me, experiencing the California wildfires of 2018 as a new Bay Area resident was an eye-opening period. My place of residence was uninhabitable due to smoke pollution at the same time that I was speaking on a panel regarding catalysts for supplier action on climate risk. The call to action could not have been louder.

Women in Global Sourcing: Celia Landesberg

Posted: 02/15/2019 - 02:03
Tell us about your career path. How did you get into this field? Was it purposeful or by accident? 
 
I created my mission and vision early on and use it as a guidepost for my career choices. My career goal is to ensure that people understand the value of sustainability when making financial decisions. Whether I’m dealing with one person, or hundreds of people, I strive to have a positive impact.  
 

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