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Going green is a must for businesses

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Supply chain emissions are on average 5.5 times higher than the direct emissions produced by a corporation. But not only is a supply chain’s impact on the environment severe, but it can also lead to financial issues for companies that don’t take action to be more sustainable.

These days supply chain sustainability is no longer a luxury of choice. But with necessity comes the opportunity to reduce costs by operating in a greener way.

At the heart of sustainability is the environment and how it can be protected. But often there’s a misconception that this comes at a cost. To highlight the benefits of an ecofriendly supply chain, let’s take a look at what French dairy producer Danone has been able to achieve.

In Evian-les-Bains, Danone worked with local authorities and farmers to convert 40,000 tons of organic waste into natural fertilizer while also producing biogas to provide power for 1,200 locals. The organic waste helped to avoid contamination of spring water and ensured that farming continues without disruption or damage to the environment.

The switch from traditional farming to organic practices can see a 20% dip in milk production. But in the long term, the benefits of being able to sell at a higher price are realized, while using fewer resources keeps costs down and profits high.

It all forms part of Danone’s vision to be carbon-neutral across the full supply chain by 2050, something which will benefit the environment, the brand, and the profit margins.

With information readily available online, other supply chains can also enhance their brand reputation, so it’s important to make sure that a lack of sustainability across the supply chain isn’t resulting in negative attention. In the world of sustainability, Swiss confectionery giant Nestlé felt the repercussions from a palm oil scandal that left it unable to claim the use of certified sustainable palm oil in its chocolates and other products.

In an age where consumers are more eco-conscious, it was a business headache that has led the company to publicly map out what it’s doing to ensure palm oil is sourced sustainably in an attempt to repair the damage to its reputation that started over a decade ago. Read more…

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