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Supply Chain Overview & Resources
Virtually every organization regardless of the industry, size, or location, has some sort of effect on
society and the environment. In addition to impact of the product or service, the way the company
does business and the manner in which its product is manufactured or service is delivered can
also have a significant impact on our society and the environment.
A company’s supply chain is the collection of organizations and resources involved with all
aspects of the business from creating the product to delivering the product to the end customer.
These organizations and resources might be involved with manufacturing, retail, transportation,
distribution, storage, and more. And each of these links in your supply chain makes an impact on
Socially responsible supply chain management extends far beyond your own workplace and
considers the effect of doing business throughout an organization's operations from supplier labor
practices and working conditions to the impact on the environment.
Listed here are a variety of information resources to help you determine how your company can
integrate socially responsible business practices throughout your supply chain:
Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum
The Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum is a leading research institute in
partnership with industry practitioners, the Stanford School of Engineering, and Stanford
Graduate School of Business, that advances the theory and practice of excellence in global
supply chain management.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, has decided to launch the development of
an International Standard providing guidelines for social responsibility (SR). The guidance
standard will be published in 2010 as ISO 26000 and be voluntary to use. It will not include
requirements and will thus not be a certification standard.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
BSR provides counsel to companies to help them develop policies and establish implementation
approaches that address labor, environmental, transparency and other issues in their global
supply chains. BSR helps companies identify and prioritize the primary social and environmental
issues arising from operation of their global supply chains, and helps them develop structures for
managing these issues effectively.
Supply Chain Brain
SupplyChainBrain.com was created by Global Supply Chain Media, a division of Keller
International Publishing, LLC in 1998 and has quickly developed into today’s most valuable
supply chain management information source on the web.
Supply-Chain Council (SCC)
Supply-Chain Council (SCC) is a global non-profit consortium whose methodology, diagnostic
and benchmarking tools help nearly a thousand organizations make dramatic and rapid
improvements in supply chain processes. The SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference)
model, developed by the Supply Chain Council, measures total supply chain performance.
Entrepreneurs Foundation www.efbayarea.com
Supply Chain Digest
Supply Chain Digest is the industry's most valuable supply chain management and
logistics publication. Supply Chain Digest is a weekly, on-line newsletter with lively
information, news and commentary that summarizes and synthesizes important
information for busy supply chain and logistics professionals.
Greening Your Company and Its Supply/Distribution Chains: A Practical Guide to
Developing a Successful Corporate Sustainability Program
http://www.wmupstream.com/documents/SustainabilityWhitepaper.pdf is a sustainability
white paper by WM Upstream, Waste Management, Inc.’s ISO 14001 certified service
group. www.wmupstream.com In it they define “Green” as a “basic theme about
minimizing the potential negative environmental impacts of your business and using all
of your resources as efficiently as possible. Continually seek to eliminate all types of
waste, protect the environment and increase operational efficiency to become more sustainable,
while reducing total costs.”
“10 Quick Tips to Green Your Office*” created by Green Consultants
www.greenconsultants.com for Entrepreneurs Foundation
1. Eliminate unnecessary photocopying and reuse packaging for shipping.
2. Encourage e-mailing. When paper is necessary, print on both sides and use old letterhead for
3. Call your local utility which most likely offers consultations on how to reduce usage and save
money. Frequent suggestions include improving insulation and installing timers to turn lights off
4. Provide reserved parking for carpoolers. Offer transit passes to employees who take the bus or
subway and bike racks for cyclists. Let workers telecommute.
5. Teleconference instead of traveling. For must-go trips, keep track of the miles driven and flown
and buy "carbon offsets" from a nonprofit such as Earthday.net to make up for the greenhouse
6. Tell suppliers that you're interested in sustainable products and set specific goals for buying
recycled, refurbished, or used. Make the environment, and not just price, a factor when
7. Consider the petroleum it takes to ship and receive products. Evaluate the impact of products
you buy or sell, and find ways to mitigate waste.
8. Many offices have toxic substances, such as used batteries and copier toner, on hand. Talk to
suppliers about alternatives to toxics, and make sure you properly dispose of the ones you can't
9. Create a team to lead the company's eco-efforts and determine where you can have the
biggest impact for the least amount of money.
10. Inform suppliers and customers about your efforts. And get in touch with local regulatory
agencies, many of which offer financial incentives to businesses that clean up their acts.
Entrepreneurs Foundation www.efbayarea.com