Several recent developments suggest that sustainable procurement is about to become a more significant priority for business and procurement leaders. In August of last year, for example, the Business Roundtable – a non-profit association whose members are the CEOs of major U.S.
Sustainability is one of the most important trends of our time – and it looks set to dominate business discussions well into the foreseeable future. In fact, studies have made the case for sustainability to be considered a new type of competitive priority, joining quality, cost, reliability, timeliness, flexibility and innovation as one of the core factors for building competitive businesses.
Imagine a world where all people thrive within the environmental boundaries of our planet. Picture a planet where the immediate threat of climate disaster has been avoided and where global businesses have evolved their business models to support a responsible and low-carbon economy.
Whilst is seems a bit far-fetched looking at today’s realities, we fundamentally believe this world vision is possible and millions of procurement professionals worldwide are mission-critical in making this come true.
Sustainability is a dominant topic in media, business and social conversations today, and one that communications and corporate responsibility departments in major multinational organizations have been eager to pursue. It makes sense—successful sustainability programs are not only good for our planet and people, but also are proven to drive business value. But what does 'success' look like for procurement teams contributing to organizational programs and results?
Six indicators of a strong sustainable procurement program
Supply chain sustainability is a nice idea, but there are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the finer details. So, while genuine progress has been made, there are also a lot of businesses whose commitment to a sustainable supply chain is questionable.
A few years ago, companies used purpose to differentiate. It was an edge over their competition, something that was applauded by consumers. Today, it’s the expectation. Businesses want to not only do well for their companies, they also want to make a difference in the world, and between modern slavery and extreme poverty, the supply chain is the ticket. We’re living in an age where supply chains are becoming more and more complex and what you can’t see can hurt you.