Sustainability

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.

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

Posted: 08/06/2019 - 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.  
 

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.  
 

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