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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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Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

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Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Through our work addressing modern slavery across supply chains, we have observed an alarming uptick in business actions during the COVID-19 pandemic that may lead to more individuals being forced into conditions of modern slavery, or on the brink thereof.

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

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

2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.

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Blockchain through the Whole Supply Chain: Traceability Builds Business Resilience

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Blockchain through the Whole Supply Chain: Traceability Builds Business Resilience

Over the past year, The Estée Lauder Companies and Aveda have been working with LMR Naturals by IFF, BSR, and Envisible to establish a blockchain-enabled traceable supply chain that identifies opportunities to deliver sustainability benefits to all the actors in the supply chain. This post is the third in a series documenting the journey of this innovative partnership.

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Mitigation and Resilience Building: A Response to the COVID-19 Effects

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Mitigation and Resilience Building: A Response to the COVID-19 Effects

More than any crisis in recent history, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the urgency of creating more resilient businesses and economies.

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COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis: Building Resilience with People at the Core

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COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis: Building Resilience with People at the Core

Whether it’s a pandemic or climate-related impact, those with the least, and those faced with the most extreme socioeconomic barriers, will suffer the most. The impacts that these populations face have the potential to disrupt business, from operations and supply chains down to the vital communities on which business depends.

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Women in Supply Chains: On the Frontlines of COVID-19’s Impact

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Women in Supply Chains: On the Frontlines of COVID-19’s Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly transformed from a global health crisis into a financial crisis, particularly for low-income female workers in global supply chains. However, companies can effectively deploy preventative measures to support workers and workplaces to protect their health and strengthen their financial resilience.

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So, Your Sourcing and Manufacturing Footprint Is Changing: Six Sustainability Considerations

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So, Your Sourcing and Manufacturing Footprint Is Changing: Six Sustainability Considerations

As the exodus of manufacturing in China continued and accelerated, both manufacturing groups and global buyers sought opportunities to re-globalize their value chains. Here are six sustainability considerations to help your company create Globalization 2.0 plans which can help achieve long-term success.

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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 Working Group™

Clean Cargo Working Group™

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

New York


Amanda Buthe

Amanda Buthe

Supply Chain Sustainability Manager

New York


Cliodhnagh Conlon

Cliodhnagh Conlon

Associate Director

Paris


Paris


Shanghai


Hong Kong


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


Lin Wang

Lin Wang

Director

Shanghai



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Contact the Supply Chain Sustainability team with any questions.