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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

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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The Shift to Digital Wages: Making Sure It Works for Women and Business

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The Shift to Digital Wages: Making Sure It Works for Women and Business

In the HERfinance Digital Wages program in Bangladesh, designed to support garment factories making the transition from cash to digital payrolls, we found a tangible connection between tailoring programs to women’s needs and an increase in women’s financial inclusion and empowerment.

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Workers, Business Operations, and Supply Chains in China

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Workers, Business Operations, and Supply Chains in China

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has had an obvious and immediate impact on China’s economy. Here's how it has impacted workers' travel, supply chains, and the economy on local and global levels.

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Gender Equality and Social Audits e-Learning

Reports

Gender Equality and Social Audits e-Learning

To support social auditors, companies and a broader spectrum of social compliance regulatory organizations, BSR has developed a Gender Equality and Social Audits e-Learning course. The interactive course, consisting of three parts, covers key gender concepts, the business case for addressing gender in social audits, and considerations for tips for ensuring a gender-sensitive approach throughout an audit process.

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Sustainable Business in Asia: Five Trends That Will Impact the Decisive Decade

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Sustainable Business in Asia: Five Trends That Will Impact the Decisive Decade

Through BSR’s work across Asia, including significant stakeholder engagement across the region, we have identified the following five sustainability trends for business in Asia in the 2020s that will impact sourcing strategies and supply chains, access to finance, employee engagement, sustainability leadership, and increasingly market and consumer engagement.

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Kering: Italian Women in Luxury Supply Chains

Case Studies

Kering: Italian Women in Luxury Supply Chains

Despite the importance of Italy in luxury supply chains and the high prevalence of women in the workforce, little is known about gender inequalities faced by women working behind the prized “Made in Italy” label. Kering and its family of Italian brands—Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Kering Eyewear, and Pomellato—partnered with BSR to understand the status of women working in their Italian luxury supply chain and identify opportunities to support gender equality in the country.

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Purchasing Power: The Opportunity for Women’s Advancement in Procurement and Global Supply Chains

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Purchasing Power: The Opportunity for Women’s Advancement in Procurement and Global Supply Chains

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a framework guiding business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community. However, despite considerable advancements, we are still decades away from achieving gender parity.

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The Coronavirus’ Impact on Chinese Society and Supply Chains

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The Coronavirus’ Impact on Chinese Society and Supply Chains

The impact of Coronavirus on China and global business, especially supply chains, will be enormous. BSR's Lin Wang shares her experiences on the ground.

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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

New York


Cliodhnagh Conlon

Cliodhnagh Conlon

Associate Director

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.