Logistics – greening the chain


To set up a flexible framework for sustainable procurement beauty manufacturers must look at five key areas – people, policy, strategy and communication, the procurement process, and measurement and results. Boots is one example of a company implementing a successful system that looks at each product\'s life cycle and identifies areas of greatest environmental impact.

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Richard Laverick discusses the benefits organisations can reap if they can successfully cascade sustainability practice through their supply chain

Many businesses now publish environmental reports and statements outlining their goals on issues such as environmental protection, climate change, community, waste minimisation, water use and biodiversity. However, these often only relate to the activities of the company itself without taking into account the activities of others in their supply chains, and the opportunity for organisations to create beneficial effects through their supply chains is enormous.

But in order to implement supply chain improvements all parties need to cooperate in a transparent manner and within an atmosphere of cooperation and trust. So supplier engagement programmes should focus on sharing best practice.

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