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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

Beyond Audits: Six Ways to Manage Human Rights Risks in Supply Chains

Blog

Beyond Audits: Six Ways to Manage Human Rights Risks in Supply Chains

Companies are now expected to go “beyond” auditing by adopting more robust approaches to address human rights violations in their supply chain. Six points for companies to consider when addressing human rights risks through a holistic approach.

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Addressing Human Rights Risks in Renewable Energy Supply Chains

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Addressing Human Rights Risks in Renewable Energy Supply Chains

BSR’s work with energy and extractive companies—including a recent assessment of the human rights risks associated with minerals used in wind, solar, battery, and electrolyzer technology—has surfaced two key strategies for strengthening the management of human rights risks in transition mineral supply chains.

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Inside BSR: Q&A with Cecilie Jørgensen

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Inside BSR: Q&A with Cecilie Jørgensen

Inside BSR is our monthly series featuring BSR team members from around the world. This month, we connected with Cecilie Jørgensen, a Manager based in Copenhagen.

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The Rise of Circular Fashion Brings Opportunity to Design a Fashion System That Works for All

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The Rise of Circular Fashion Brings Opportunity to Design a Fashion System That Works for All

The fashion industry is transforming from linear to more circular business models. How can we leverage this transformation to reimagine and rebuild the global fashion system so that it works for all? Through Keeping Workers in the Loop (KWIL), we convened over 45 major fashion industry players—established brands, emerging circular businesses, worker representatives, sustainable fashion experts, and international institutions—to explore this very question.

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Action for Sustainable Derivatives: Annual Update on Progress, 2021

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Action for Sustainable Derivatives: Annual Update on Progress, 2021

The latest update from Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD), BSR's collaborative initiative driven by palm oil derivatives users to transform their supply chains, shows that a centralized, collective approach to enhancing transparency, boosting engagement, and identifying risks is working.

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Creating Opportunities for Action: Advancing Children’s Rights in the Palm Oil Industry

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Creating Opportunities for Action: Advancing Children’s Rights in the Palm Oil Industry

The number of children in child labor has increased from 152 to 160 million globally, and COVID-19 is expected to further obstruct efforts to eliminate child labor. Here's how palm oil companies can respect child rights and address this complex issue.

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Addressing Forced Labor and other Modern Slavery Risks: A Toolkit for Corporate Suppliers

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Addressing Forced Labor and other Modern Slavery Risks: A Toolkit for Corporate Suppliers

The Global Business Coalition against Human Trafficking (GBCAT) has released a new toolkit that aims to help businesses that work in corporate supply chains to quickly identify areas of the business which carry the highest risk of modern slavery and develop a plan to identify, prevent, and address risks.

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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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Empower@Work

Empower@Work

Empower@Work (E@W) is a collaborative effort with the goal of delivering a unified approach to women’s empowerment in global supply chains. Empower@Work brings together the world’s four largest women’s empowerment programs in the global supply chains—BSR’s HERproject, CARE International, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. Program and ILO-IFC Better Work—to leverage our combined decades of experience in over 21 countries to achieve transformative change for the millions of women who work within supply chains globally.

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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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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

Asia-Pacific


Cliodhnagh Conlon

Cliodhnagh Conlon

Associate Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Americas


Awa Sall

Awa Sall

Associate

Americas


Indiana Vieljeux

Indiana Vieljeux

Manager, Supply Chain

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Lin Wang

Lin Wang

Director

Asia-Pacific


Diana Wilkinson

Diana Wilkinson

Director and Global Lead, Supply Chain

Americas


Victoria Woolner

Victoria Woolner

Manager, Consumer Sectors

Americas



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Contact the Supply Chain Sustainability team with any questions.