By Supply Chain Digital
The sustainable supply chain has become a vital – and ever more visible – element of social corporate responsibility.
Fueled by consumer demands, increasing regulations and a mounting business case, steering supply chains in a more sustainable direction has grown from laudable ambition to requisite for long-term preservation.
A sustainable supply chain is about far more than the environment, though that’s where consumers might focus their attention. Sustainability is a confluence of social, ecological and economic environments. A sustainable supply chain must avoid compromising both the environment and the business itself.
It’s also important to recognize that a “responsible” supply chain isn’t necessarily the same thing as a “sustainable” supply chain. A responsible supply chain typically ensures it operates within all legal and ethical parameters. This doesn’t affirm sustainability, however. A sustainable supply chain takes into account environmental and societal reference points. The sustainable chain requires that all partners consider how their processes and actions can be supported by nature and society over the long term.
There’s no quick and easy path to sustainability, but the right supply chain solutions can help your business strive toward, and eventually achieve, a bottom line defined by not just profit but also by people and the planet. Read more>>