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Supply Chain Sustainability

We work with companies’ supply chain, sourcing, and procurement functions to develop supply chains that deliver business value and are inclusive, resilient, and transparent, creating long-term benefit for all involved stakeholders.

Supply Chain Sustainability Overview


How We Work


Our team of experts works with companies to envision the supply chains of tomorrow and to put in place today sustainable and responsible supply chain practices at the corporate, buyer, and supplier levels.

Drawing upon our deep experience across multiple industries and regions, we help companies develop strategic approaches, operationalize sustainable procurement, engage with suppliers, and build meaningful collaborations.



Business Benefits


  • Proactively manage risk by developing a deep understanding of a company's complex global supply chain and its efficiency and effectiveness
  • Strengthen the organization’s license to operate and increase credibility through enhanced stakeholder and supplier relationships
  • Drive long-term change by increasing supplier ownership of working conditions and environmental performance in their workplaces
  • Have a clear, effective response to external pressures, such as reducing a company's exposure to costly shareholder resolutions, activist campaigns, and negative media
  • Identify opportunities for supply chain innovation


Expertise


  • Understand critical supply chain risks and opportunities
  • Integrate sustainability into supply chain, procurement, and specific category strategies
  • Operationalize sustainable procurement in existing processes and tools to align with a company’s overall business strategy
  • Develop an engaged supplier base
  • Get out ahead of future trends and consider their impacts on supply chains
  • Lead meaningful collaborations on key supply chain issues


Resources


Procurement Leadership Group Tools

Contact us to learn more about these tools.

  • Sustainable Procurement Framework
  • Category Transformation Service
  • Supply Chain Materiality Assessment
  • Supply Chain Stakeholder Mapping
  • Human Rights Impact Assessment
  • Country Risk Assessment
  • Supplier Risk Assessment

Our Insights on Supply Chain Sustainability

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Reports

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.

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Modernizing the Social Contract in 2021: Five Developments for Business to Consider

Blog

Modernizing the Social Contract in 2021: Five Developments for Business to Consider

COVID-19 has shown—in a tragic way—how interconnected the world is. All the events of the past year and a half have also reinforced and deepened the urgent need to redefine the social contract and the key role business must play in that effort.

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Keeping Workers in the Loop

Blog

Keeping Workers in the Loop

How will circular fashion, at scale, impact job opportunities and quality? Keeping Workers in the Loop brings together industry leaders and stakeholder to explore circular fashion and jobs in the decade ahead by taking a futures approach.

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Forced Labor and Human Trafficking: Four Regulatory and Legislative Trends Business Should Watch

Blog

Forced Labor and Human Trafficking: Four Regulatory and Legislative Trends Business Should Watch

Governments are increasingly scrutinizing human trafficking and forced labor abuses in private sector operations. In addition to the moral imperative to address these abuses, businesses need to pay attention to new regulations since they could cause significant disruptions in supply chains.

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What Business Can Expect from China’s 14th Five-Year Plan

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What Business Can Expect from China’s 14th Five-Year Plan

As China finalizes its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), what are the macro themes for the sustainability world to watch, and how will they impact business?

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Three Ways to Improve Supply Chain Sustainability in the Decisive Decade

Blog

Three Ways to Improve Supply Chain Sustainability in the Decisive Decade

For companies, it is a business imperative to have a more transparent, resilient, responsible, and sustainable global supply chain model. Here are three steps for improving supply chain sustainability.

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China in 2021: Looking beyond COVID-19

Blog

China in 2021: Looking beyond COVID-19

BSR takes a look at four trends to watch in China’s manufacturing and supply chain environment in 2021, a year still shaped by COVID-19.

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Digital Technology and Data in the Garment Supply Chain during COVID-19

Reports

Digital Technology and Data in the Garment Supply Chain during COVID-19

BSR examined the impacts of digital transformation on women garment workers in our new report, Digital Technology and Data in the Garment Supply Chain during COVID-19.

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Supply Chain Sustainability Illustrative Client List

  • Alstom
  • BP p.l.c.
  • Dell Inc.
  • Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Ford Motor Company
  • The Gap Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Hilton
  • IKEA
  • Kering
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.A.
  • Michelin
  • Millicom
  • NIKE, Inc.
  • Nikon Corporation
  • Ocean Spray
  • PepsiCo Inc.
  • Stora Enso
  • Tiffany and Company
  • Unilever PLC
  • Walmart Stores, Inc.

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Collaborative Initiatives on Supply Chain Sustainability

Action for Sustainable Derivatives

Action for Sustainable Derivatives

A collaborative initiative that promotes responsible sourcing and collective action to increase sustainable production of palm oil and palm oil derivatives.

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Clean Cargo

Clean Cargo

A leading global carrier-shipper initiative dedicated to environmental performance improvement in marine container transport through measurement, evaluation, and reporting

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Global Impact Sourcing Coalition

Global Impact Sourcing Coalition

A forum of the world's leading companies committed to incorporate and scale impact sourcing as a business strategy—ending poverty through procurement.

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HERproject™

HERproject™

Unlocking the full potential of women working in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion, and gender equality

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Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

Working toward a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large

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Railsponsible

Railsponsible

Railsponsible is an industry initiative focused on sustainable procurement and aims to continuously improve sustainability practices throughout the railway industry supply chain

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Responsible Luxury Initiative™

Responsible Luxury Initiative™

Advancing sustainability practices throughout all luxury industry value chains

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Sustainable Air Freight Alliance

Sustainable Air Freight Alliance

A collaboration between shippers, freight forwarders, and airlines to track and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air freight and promote responsible freight transport.

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Meet the Team

Cliodhnagh Conlon

Cliodhnagh Conlon

Associate Director

Paris


Paris


Shanghai


Jorgette Mariñez

Jorgette Mariñez

Director, Consumer Sectors

New York


Jeremy Prepscius

Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President, Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong


Michael Rohwer

Michael Rohwer

Director, Information and Communications Technology

New York


Awa Sall

Awa Sall

Associate

New York


Indiana Vieljeux

Indiana Vieljeux

Manager, Supply Chain

Paris


Lin Wang

Lin Wang

Director

Shanghai


Victoria Woolner

Victoria Woolner

Manager, Consumer Sectors

New York



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Contact the Supply Chain Sustainability team with any questions.