Today is National Coffee Day, and millions of Americans are kicking off their mornings with the caffeinated beverage that powers our fast-paced lives. Most aren’t thinking about the journey that coffee makes from a farm half a world away to the cup in their hand, but as a sustainability professional, I just can’t help myself. You can call it a blessing—or a curse.
Supply chains are a critical element of sustainability success for most companies. Yet working on supply chain sustainability is a challenging task. It’s hard enough to get people in your own company to change their behavior, but influencing the actions of those in another company—even as a large customer—can seem nearly impossible.
As companies integrate sustainability deeper into the fabric of their businesses, it is changing more than just how they manage themselves—it’s shaping their relationships with suppliers, stakeholders and investors as well.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation use philanthropy to complement Walmart’s business initiatives as well as the efforts of others in civil society, business, and government to drive systemic improvements in economic opportunity, supply chain sustainability, and community resilience.
The problems being addressed are both large scale and complex, but Walmart believes that by working with their grantees and collaborators from the private sector, they can lead the way in driving significant, lasting change.
Each Webinar Addresses a Specific Link In The Agriculture Supply Chain
MADISON, Wis., June 6, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Leonardo Academy, Inc. announced that it will be hosting a webinar training series to introduce all potential participants and interested parties to the new American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture (ANSI/LEO-4000). Separate 30-minute webinar sessions are scheduled for each link of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, and are free to attend.
Cisco takes the next big step in Supply Chain Sustainability
by Kathleen Shaver, Director of Value Protection for Cisco Systems
When you look through the sustainability lens at Cisco’s supply chain, you see three things clearly: a focus on climate and carbon impacts, a deep concern for the protection of human rights, and an imperative aroundproduct take-back opportunities. Cisco’s approach to a responsible supply chain is structured around this impact framework.
Rick Love, EH&S Manager for United Technologies Corp. describes the benefits of setting sustainability requirements for the company's top-tier suppliers. To learn more about the trends that will shape EHS & Sustainability management in the year to come, download NAEM's "2016 Planning for a Sustainable Future" report, please visit http://www.naem.org/?page=survey_2016_trends.