Supply chains are at the heart of sustainable business—essential to protecting the climate and natural ecosystems, while supporting the livelihoods and well-being of millions of people around the world.
The best pathway to reducing greenhouse gas emissions lies in the broader value chain. These complex global networks can also be incredibly fragile and opaque. As a result, most companies are unable to fully understand the risks and opportunities they face, cutting across diverse geographies, issue areas, and industries.
The media spotlight on recent global events, from the COVID-19 pandemic to extreme weather, has focused public attention on this vulnerability as never before. Meanwhile, consumers, investors, NGOs, and governments are stepping up their demands that supply chains are more sustainable, protect the environment and safeguard human rights.
At the same time, new tools—from blockchain technology to satellite monitoring—are enabling companies to innovate more quickly, bringing new transparency and efficiency to supply chain management.
Climate change mitigation is the fastest-growing issue area for supply chain sustainability practitioners (its score increasing by 12 percent), followed by natural resource and biodiversity conservation. Employee welfare and worker safety remains the top issue.
The ILO estimates that 160 million children are engaged in child labor, accounting for almost 1 in 10 of all children worldwide.
825,000 tons of palm-based materials have been mapped via work through the Action for Sustainable Derivatives collaboration.
How We Can Help
Adding Value to Your Business and Society
As companies change their practices, it also has increased competition among companies to become more sustainable—a race to the top.
BSR can work with you to help ensure your company stays at the leading edge, with strategies based on holistic sustainable sourcing approaches and across industries at the global level and at any supply chain tier.
With deep experience in the supply chains of multiple industries, we help companies develop innovative supply chain and procurement strategies that are tailored to your value chain’s specific contexts, challenges, and opportunities through offerings that include:
Due diligence and transparency
Maturity assessment of programs and policies
Strategic supplier engagement roadmap
Scope 3/net-zero target setting and implementation for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
Worker, supplier, and management capacity building
Innovative supplier financing
Who We Work With
Inter IKEA Holding B.V
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Tools and Resources
Supply Chain Sustainability Resources
Depth of Experience and Knowledge
Our Supply Chain Sustainability team consists of global experts across multiple industries, bringing a depth of experience in developing sustainable business strategies and solutions.