Your reputation and brand are strengthened when each partner in the supply chain practices environmental and social responsibility according to criteria that match your objectives. Sustainable supply chain management built around ethical and environmental sourcing principles leverages your purchasing power to mitigate supply chain risks, reinforce long-term supplier relationships, and build stakeholder and customer trust.
SCS has been working in the green building, food and agriculture, natural resource, and manufactured good sectors for nearly 30 years, engaged in independent audits of best practices and helping companies design effective management systems. From this breadth of experience, we can help you design and implement the right responsible sourcing programs for your operation.
SCS’ approach to helping our clients develop a sustainable sourcing strategy involves five steps. Any or all of these steps may apply to your specific situation.
Typically, the first steps involve engaging in a Needs Assessment review, followed by Opportunity Mapping planning session. This process is designed to align your sustainability goals with your current operational realities, and identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement.
Sustainability scorecards are used by retailers and manufacturers to define and encourage adoption of sustainability practices within supply chains. Well-designed scorecard systems help you manage risks, build relationships, and drive responsible, measurable environmental and social improvements. By contrast, a poorly implemented approach can create unnecessary busy work for your staff and create friction with your suppliers, without leading to beneficial results.
As your scorecard development partner, SCS will help you create a scorecard system that is practical to implement, reinforces your supplier relationships, and produces credible, auditable metrics to reinforce your brand.
Once your scorecard is in place, SCS can guide you through the conformity assessment step.
SCS completes the set-up process with a web-based reporting database. SCS’ IT team will custom-design this database to address all relevant life cycle issues, enabling you to track broad trends and subtle shifts in supply chain compliance or evaluate individual supplier performance.