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Green Supply Chains

Nowadays, Supply Chains have become more visible and more global, and the question about their impact on the environment and global sustainability is increasing. Authors created this practical road map to include this green dimension in supply chains.

You want to manage a Supply Chain and you care about the environment? Start by asking five fundamental questions about your supply chains and what you expect from it. This book, Green Supply Chain – An Action Manifesto, could help you in your choices, your reasoning, and your project thanks to a deep analysis.

“What are the tangible and intangible benefits of moving towards a green supply chain?
Green-Supply-Chains-195x300

  • What are the costs, both direct and indirect?
  • What influence do we have over our suppliers, their suppliers and our customers that would allow us to jointly work together and move the supply chain towards a green supply chain?
  • How will we communicate and measure our progress towards the green supply chain to the key stakeholders? How will we engage them?
  • What barriers to green supply chains can be expected and how can these be overcome?”

However authors’ analysis has revealed four key additional points to go further in your understanding of this new problematic:

  1. “Companies are still primarily focused on environmentally conscious internal production. Any company can become totally carbon neutral by outsourcing all its production. Shifting the carbon producing activity up or down the supply chains does nothing more than hide the dirt under someone else’s carpet. A holistic approach to carbon management is required, and this is provided by adoption of Green Supply Chain methodology.
  2. Environmental pro-activism is generally assumed to come at an additional cost to the corporations. It is widely thought that going green is expensive. On the contrary, our modelling indicates that adoption of Green supply Chain methodology should result in overall cost reduction providing this is done in a thorough and logical manner.
  3. Most business models are focused on growing the volume of their current offerings of goods or services to increase profits. A change in this focus towards providing customer end outcomes will not only reduce the impact on the environment, but also secure and/or increase market share whilst improving profitability.
  4. Well beyond mainstream business thinking on environmental impact of technology, our discussions with Professor Ernst von Weizsacker (co-author of the book “Factor Four; Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use” 1998, with Amory & Hunter Lovins) highlight a radical concept aimed at doubling wealth, whilst concurrently halving resource consumption through innovative technological push. The implications for Green Supply Chains and for business performance more generally, are staggering. However, in the rest of this book, our conclusions are based on current technological limitations whilst noting that the “Factor 4” thinking and its associated technological push would actually multiply the benefits significantly; if brought into practice.”

If you want to launch this project, you will see that a move to Green Supply Chains is not only necessary for sound environmental management, but it is also profitable and provides sound financial management. If you feel ready to make the move, this book will provide you with a clear strategic overview and actionable plan for the implementation of Green Supply Chains.

Green Supply Chains – A CEO’s Handbook

Father of Modern Supply Chains unleashes another world first: “Green Supply Chains – A CEO’s handbook”

As the world leaders from more than 160 countries come together in Bali this week to do something tangible and positive about the climate change, the business is increasingly feeling the pressure to make a significant contribution.

Green Supply Chains – A CEO’s Handbook – available at a fee from Global Supply Chain Group discusses how corporations can drive their supply chains green with a positive bottom-line impact. In 1978 when Dr. Wolfgang Partsch embarked on a journey through snow in Swiss Alps to his clients Landis and Gyr’s office in Switzerland , little did he know that the brainwave that struck him while using snow chains would unleash a tsunami of supply chain literature.

Since that eventful day more than 25 years ago, with its huge impact on the business Supply Chain has earned its rightful place in the boardrooms across the world. Wolfgang himself has accomplished more than 100 projects with large multinational corporations around the world, adding more than $2 billion dollars of value in the process. Not that he talks a lot about it. When the world credits you as the father of modern supply chains, you don’t have to blow your own trumpet.

Moreover, his eyes are always fixed firmly on the future. Dr. Wolfgang Partsch, now a senior partner with Global Supply Chain Group, based in Munich , Germany says “literally, the hottest issue today is Global Warming, and the business needs to play its role in finding a solution – along with the public and the governments. Our extensive modeling reveals that the businesses stand to gain overall if they decide to move systematically and collaboratively to Green Supply Chains.

Our report shows the ways how. It should be on the bookshelf of every CEO and progressive manager.” With increasing pressure to be environmentally friendly in their businesses, the managers are finding the noise related to what is green, and what is not – slightly contradictory. A case in point is the practice of Lean Manufacturing. By cutting waste it helps corporations become more ‘green’. However, the Just-in-Time delivery practice all increases the number of deliveries, increasing the environmental impact.

“Any corporation can become carbon neutral by outsourcing every carbon producing activity. To create real and tangible positive impact on the environment smart corporations are thinking beyond the traditional boundaries and reaping huge dividends in the public relations war” said Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group based in Sydney, Australia.

Potential for Green Supply Chains has long been recognized and acknowledged. However, many reasons have impeded the adoption of green supply chain principals by corporations. One of the reasons has been lack of comprehensive methodology and tool kit to make it happen. Global Supply Chain Group has now released its new report titled Green Supply Chains – A CEOs handbook.

This report is based on the proprietary research, interviews with more than key 100 executives, original case studies, green system and process mapping, and nearly 12 man-months of original analysis by top-tier strategy consulting caliber analysts. It gives a holistic view of the green supply chains through the decades, traces how business and supply chains have always moved in lock-step with each other and creates a map of future of the green supply chains. It also takes into account the trends, the capabilities, the changing business needs, and geo-political realities to create a holistic view of Green Supply Chains and their key elements.

This report helps answer the 5 key questions one needs to answer in order to move your supply chains towards green supply chains:

  1. What are the tangible and intangible benefits of moving towards green supply chains?
  2. What are the costs – both direct, and indirect?
  3. What influence do we have over our suppliers, their suppliers and our customers that would allow us to jointly work together and move the supply chain towards a green supply chain?
  4. In our end to end supply chain, which party has the most influence? How can we encourage them to think ‘green’? Why?
  5. How will we communicate our progress towards the green supply chain to the key stakeholders? How will we engage them?
  6. More details on the report are available by contacting Global Supply Chain Group on the address given below.

About Global Supply Chain Group:

Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses. Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel

Contact Details:

Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: www.GlobalSupplyChainGroup.com

Shanghai Expo – Green Supply Chains

shanghai-expo_green-supply-chainsWhile showcasing the trade, industrial and transportation capabilities of the nations of the world, Shanghai Expo has scored another

hit. Millions of visitors from around the world have flocked to this great city to visit the miracle of modern commerce.

What they find encouraging is the emphasis on green and environmental consciousness all through the expo. Aligned with the expo are the trade and cultural exhibitions, talks and discussions bringing in experts from around the world to discuss topics of high interest to the eclectic mix of visitors to this great city called ‘The Pearl of the Orient’.

Recently, the city hosted a discussion on Green Supply Chains bringing in experts from as far afield as Australia, UK, Singapore and Malaysia.

Speaking at the forum, Mr. Vivek Sood, Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group, a strategy consulting and supply chain management services firm headquartered in Sydney, said ‘while Europe is no doubt the clear leader in the race towards Green Supply Chains’, China is making massive progress in this field. At this rate I would not be surprised to see that China will surpass Europe in 10-15 years, if they continue to lay emphasis on Green Supply Chain at the highest level of corporate and governmental policy making’.

He also emphasized that while most corporations wait for new regulations before they make moves towards Green Supply Chains, the clear winners have a deliberate strategy to make their supply chains green and save massive costs at the same time.

The large audience enthusiastically endorsed Mr. Sood’s comments and asked a large number of questions about the techniques of Green Supply Chain. Mr. Sood not only encouraged an open discussion on the topic but also invited audience to either write to him or read the book ‘Green Supply Chains – An Action Manifesto’ which is co-authored by him and is available at most good book stores and online.

About Global Supply Chain Group:

Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses. Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel
[/list] No matter what your supply chain issues or questions are, it is worth while reaching out and making a connection with us on http://www.globalscgroup.com

Contact Details:

Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: http://www.globalscgroup.com

Workshops on Green Supply Chain

Workshops on Green Supply Chain Shows the Path Towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

works-on-300x150Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Managers and the Sustainability Managers in corporations around the world are faced with a tough task. On one hand their mandate is make sure that the corporation is ‘doing the right thing’ in the societies that it functions in.

On the other hand, the profit motives driving Operational Managers leaves them with very little real influence in the operations of the business. At the same time numerous Operational Managers have their heart in the right place but suffer from lack of time, know-how and mis-information about going green.

The belief that going green is costly is endemic in today’s business mind-set and hinders decisive positive action. The bust of Copenhagen again showed that the positive action towards environmental cleanup will most probably come from corporations acting in their own self-interest and in response to public demand. It is also increasingly clear that now many corporations are leading the way towards CSR though concerted action.

What is not yet clear is that without a concerted action across the end-to-end supply chain, most ‘green’ projects achieve less than 50% of the full potential – both in terms of emission reduction, and in terms of cost savings. The reason is self-evident.

As, Mr. Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group based in Sydney, Australia likes to point out “Any corporation can become carbon neutral by outsourcing every carbon producing activity.” Potential for Green Supply Chains has long been recognized and acknowledged. However, many reasons have impeded the adoption of green supply chain principals by corporations.

One of the reasons has been lack of comprehensive methodology and tool kit to make it happen. Having recently co-written a published book (titled GREEN SUPPLY CHAINSAN ACTION MANIFESTO) on this topic Mr. Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group says his company is taking further action to make the knowledge more readily available through a series of workshops.

The first of these workshops, titled SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN WORKSHOP was held in Sydney, Australia on 18th of June 2010 was heralded as great success by all participants. Participants lauded the extremely high quality of information, a very positive interaction and opportunity to learn from world experts on the area and from each other.

The workshops are designed to stimulate discussions on the following type of questions:

  1. Are you ready for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) audits? Do you have verifiable, auditable data to support the claims of green house gas reduction activity within your company?
  2. How can you use our Green Supply Chain Methodology and tool kit to enhance your company’s profits? Does going green have to cost extra?
  3. What green supply chain projects are your competitors considering at the moment? When will they disclose these to the industry and media? How will these projects affect the industry perception, pecking order and profitability?
  4. How can you establish your company as the leader in green supply chains and CSR while making great profits? Do you want your employees, suppliers, media and customers singing the praises of your CSR results?
  5. What liability are you exposing yourself, your board, your organisation to without a verifiable record set? What tools and methodologies do you need to make sure you are covered?

After outstanding success of the first workshop, further workshops are planned in the other state capital cities in Australia and major cities in the Asia-Pacific region. More details on the workshops are available by contacting Global Supply Chain Group on the address given below.

About Global Supply Chain Group:

Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses. Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel
[/list] No matter what your supply chain issues or questions are, it is worth while reaching out and making a connection with us on  http://localhost/globalscgroup

Contact Details:

Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: http://www.globalscgroup.com

Global Leaders in Taiwan – Green Supply Chains

Green Supply Chains – A CEO’s Handbook presented to global leaders in Taiwan

Cutting edge academic research in Green Supply Chain is very sparse. Even rarer is an actionable handbook giving comprehensive know-how on achieving green supply chains. Global Supply Chain Group’s presentation at the Green Supply Chains Workshop organized by the National Tsing Hua University in Hsin-chu was a world first combination of the two. “Any corporation can become carbon neutral by outsourcing every carbon producing activity. To create real and tangible positive impact on the environment smart corporations are thinking beyond the traditional boundaries and reaping huge dividends in the public relations war” said Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group based in Sydney, Australia Potential for Green Supply Chains has long been recognized and acknowledged. However, many reasons have impeded the adoption of green supply chain principals by corporations. One of the reasons has been lack of comprehensive methodology and tool kit to make it happen. Global Supply Chain Group has now finished its research and titled its new, yet to be released report GREEN SUPPLY CHAINS – A CEO’S HANDBOOK. This report is based on the proprietary research, interviews with more than key 100 executives, original case studies, green system and process mapping, and nearly 12 man-months of original analysis by top-tier strategy consulting caliber analysts. It gives a holistic view of the green supply chains through the decades, traces how business and supply chains have always moved in lock-step with each other and creates a map of future of the green supply chains. It also takes into account the trends, the capabilities, the changing business needs, and geo-political realities to create a holistic view of Green Supply Chains and their key elements. This report helps answer the 5 key questions one needs to answer in order to move your supply chains towards green supply chains:

Dr. Wolfgang Partsch, a senior partner with Global Supply Chain Group, based in Munich , Germany said “Supply Chain methodologies are now more than 25 years old. Innovative companies are moving way beyond the basics to collaborate on creating a variety of supply chain results, including environmentally sensible outcomes. This report is a big step in furthering that discussion. It should be on the bookshelf of every progressive manager.” More details on the report are available by contacting Global Supply Chain Group on the address given below.

About Global Supply Chain Group:

Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses. Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through:

No matter what your supply chain issues or questions are, it is worth while reaching out and making a connection with us on http://www.globalscgroup.com/

Contact Details:

Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: http://www.globalscgroup.com/

2007 Award of Green Supply Chains Celebration

Green Supply Chains Award 2007 – and the winner is …. Eastman Kodak!

Mainstream corporations are really “Going Green”. And if you need more proof, it has just been announced that Kodak Eastman has won the highly coveted Green Supply Chains award 2007. There were 5 finalists in the newest and most interesting category – The Green Supply Chain Awards this year: BAYER, CIBA, Eastman Chemicals, Pfizer & Shell. The nominations and judging process was rigorous and lengthy.

The awards ceremony was a glittering dinner of the industry’s who’s who at the Hong Kong Convention Centre. On the night of November 22nd in Hong Kong at the gala dinner Dr. Wolfgang Partsch of Global Supply Chain Group announced the winner with his customary flourish – Eastman Kodak.

Eastman spokesperson submitted “We have been experiencing a changing competitive landscape with globalization and the advancing technologies. These have created a more demanding set of market requirements such as a more reliable supply management and “customized” product. We envisage the growth of Eastman will lead to a broader and more complex supply chain and this increase in complexity, combined with higher customer expectations, will put a lot of pressure on the supply chain. We continually promote the principles and practices of Responsible Care by sharing experiences and offering assistance to others who produce, handle, use, transport or dispose of our chemicals.”

The judges certainly agreed – they awarded the coveted prize to the company. While presenting the award on behalf of the sponsors, Global Supply Chain Group, Dr. Wolfgang Partsch the senior partner from Munich and the man widely credited with co-creating the terminology and methodology of Supply Chain Management over 25 years ago said “Going Green is about more than just reducing packaging or your carbon footprint. It involves making environmentally-wise choices in supply chain design and execution, including managing the reverse supply chain to efficiently manage and remove waste. This can be accomplished by a few key initiatives within extended supply chains including: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Total Supply Chain Visibility
  • True Collaboration amongst Channel Partners
  • Timely Planning and Communication

However, “Going Green” starts in your brain and moves through actions into endurable and profitable results. We at Global Supply Chain Group work with motivated and innovative clients on “Green Strategies” which enable more profitable growth”. Aside from the sponsors such as Global Supply Chain Group, Agility, Emirates Shipping Line, LRQA, TT Club and Virgin Atlantic, other attendees at the event included: DP World, Dubai Logistics City , Emirates Sky Cargo, DHL, UPS, Fedex, Schenker, KN, Li & Fung, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Maersk, Evergreen.

Mr. Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group the sponsors of the award stated “we are excited to sponsor the inaugural Green Supply Chain Award. Our current research delves deeply into extending the supply chain disciplines into Green Supply Chain arena. We are looking forward to sponsoring this award for many years to come, and work with corporations to make their Supply Chains more green.”

About Global Supply Chain Group: Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses.

Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel

Contact Details: Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: www.GlobalSupplyChainGroup.com

Sponsor the Inaugural “Green Supply Chain Award”

Global Supply Chain Group to sponsor the inaugural ‘Green Supply Chain Award’ at the upcoming Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards 2007.

Global Supply Chain Group, a supply chain strategy consulting organization headquartered in Sydney is sponsoring the coveted ‘Green Supply Chain Award’ at the upcoming Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards 2007. On behalf of the Global Supply Chain Group, the award will be presented by Dr. Wolfgang Partsch, the man credited with co-creating the terminology and methodology of Supply Chain Management over 25 years ago, and a senior partner with Global Supply Chain Group.

“Supply Chains have come a long way in the last 25 years when we did our first projects in Supply Chain Management, and now occupy centre-stage of business life. It is time Supply Chain disciplines were combined with green principles to create and extend Green Supply Chains that benefit the society around the world” – Dr. Parstch said.

The Green Supply Chain Award is based on the following principles: Governments and industry organizations around the globe have started to issue directives on how to minimize the environmental impact of supply chain and logistics processes; and consumers in many countries are becoming more conscious of purchasing products that have been produced and delivered under certain environmental standards.

The Green Supply Chain Award is aimed at rewarding organisations that have foreseen this trend and are making genuine efforts to minimize the environmental impact of their supply chain processes. The criteria for the award are as follows:

  • Nominated companies should be recognized as leaders in the field of building environmental sustainability into industry and should have a track record of excellence in environmental standards in creation and deliverance of products and services.
  • Companies should be proven to regularly take measures to improve their environmental performance, such as through application of environmental criteria to assess and choose suppliers, and study and action to control emissions from transportation requirements.
  • Companies should adhere to and/or outperform all official national, regional and global environmental guidelines set for their industry.
  • Companies should be profitable in the past year and show a strong recent track record of profitability.

Aside from the sponsors such as Global Supply Chain Group, Agility, Emirates Shipping Line, LRQA, TT Club and Virgin Atlantic, other attendees at the event will include: DP World, Dubai Logistics City , Emirates Sky Cargo, DHL, UPS, Fedex, Schenker, KN, Li & Fung, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Maersk, Evergreen.

Mr. Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group has stated “We are excited to sponsor the inaugural Green Supply Chain Award. Our current research delves deeply into extending the supply chain disciplines into Green Supply Chain arena. We are looking forward to sponsoring this award for many years to come, and work with corporations to make their Supply Chains more green.”

There are 5 finalists in the category: BAYER, CIBA, Eastman Chemicals, Pfizer & Shell. The judges are deciding the winner soon, and the winner will be revealed on the night of the awards on November 22 nd in Hong Kong at a gala industry dinner at Hong Kong Convention Centre.

About Global Supply Chain Group:

Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses. Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through:

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel
Contact Details:

Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: www.GlobalSupplyChainGroup.com

Green Supply Chain

Nowadays, Supply Chains have become more visible and more global, and the question about their impact on the environment and global sustainability is increasing. Authors created this practical road map to include this green dimension in supply chains. You want to manage a Supply Chain and you care about the environment? Start by asking five fundamental questions about your supply chains and what you expect from it. This book, Green Supply Chain – An Action Manifesto, could help you in your choices, your reasoning, and your project thanks to a deep analysis. “What are the tangible and intangible benefits of moving towards a green supply chain? Green-Supply-Chains-195x300

  • What are the costs, both direct and indirect?
  • What influence do we have over our suppliers, their suppliers and our customers that would allow us to jointly work together and move the supply chain towards a green supply chain?
  • How will we communicate and measure our progress towards the green supply chain to the key stakeholders? How will we engage them?
  • What barriers to green supply chains can be expected and how can these be overcome?”

However authors’ analysis has revealed four key additional points to go further in your understanding of this new problematic:

  1. “Companies are still primarily focused on environmentally conscious internal production. Any company can become totally carbon neutral by outsourcing all its production. Shifting the carbon producing activity up or down the supply chains does nothing more than hide the dirt under someone else’s carpet. A holistic approach to carbon management is required, and this is provided by adoption of Green Supply Chain methodology.
  2. Environmental pro-activism is generally assumed to come at an additional cost to the corporations. It is widely thought that going green is expensive. On the contrary, our modelling indicates that adoption of Green supply Chain methodology should result in overall cost reduction providing this is done in a thorough and logical manner.
  3. Most business models are focused on growing the volume of their current offerings of goods or services to increase profits. A change in this focus towards providing customer end outcomes will not only reduce the impact on the environment, but also secure and/or increase market share whilst improving profitability.
  4. Well beyond mainstream business thinking on environmental impact of technology, our discussions with Professor Ernst von Weizsacker (co-author of the book “Factor Four; Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use” 1998, with Amory & Hunter Lovins) highlight a radical concept aimed at doubling wealth, whilst concurrently halving resource consumption through innovative technological push. The implications for Green Supply Chains and for business performance more generally, are staggering. However, in the rest of this book, our conclusions are based on current technological limitations whilst noting that the “Factor 4” thinking and its associated technological push would actually multiply the benefits significantly; if brought into practice.”

If you want to launch this project, you will see that a move to Green Supply Chains is not only necessary for sound environmental management, but it is also profitable and provides sound financial management. If you feel ready to make the move, this book will provide you with a clear strategic overview and actionable plan for the implementation of Green Supply Chains.

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