Procurement and supply chain managers can play a critical role in ensuring their businesses operate sustainably. By prioritising sustainability in procurement and supply chain practices you can reduce the environmental impact of your operations, create more resilient and responsible supply chains and improve your bottom line. In this article, we'll discuss five easy ways you can make your businesses more sustainable in 2023 and beyond.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the environmental impact of your business is by sourcing sustainable products. Sustainable products are made using environmentally friendly practices and materials and are designed to minimise waste and reduce the use of resources like energy and water.
Procurement and supply chain managers can work with their suppliers to identify sustainable products and incorporate them into their operations. Additionally, by prioritising sustainable products, managers can encourage their suppliers to adopt more sustainable practices, which can have a ripple effect throughout the supply chain.
Another way to make your business more sustainable is to work with companies that have strong sustainability credentials. When evaluating potential suppliers consider factors like the supplier's environmental impact, their use of renewable energy and their commitment to reducing waste. By working with suppliers that prioritise sustainability, managers can create a more sustainable supply chain and help drive positive change across the industry.
Many businesses are pursuing environmental certifications like ISO 14001, which demonstrate a commitment to reducing environmental impact and improving sustainability. Procurement and supply chain managers can play a key role in helping their businesses achieve these certifications by working with suppliers to ensure they meet the necessary environmental standards. Additionally, managers can incorporate sustainability criteria into their supplier evaluations and contract negotiations, which can incentivise suppliers to adopt more sustainable practices.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your business's environmental impact is to make use of energy-saving technology. For example, energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower costs. Additionally, by implementing energy-saving technologies like Smart building management systems and renewable energy sources, businesses can reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and minimise their carbon footprint.
Finally, one of the most effective ways to make your business more sustainable is to reduce waste. This can involve everything from optimising packaging and shipping practices to implementing recycling programs and composting initiatives. Procurement and supply chain managers can work with their suppliers to reduce waste throughout the supply chain. They can also evaluate their internal processes to identify areas where waste can be reduced.
Getting started - setting goals and monitoring progress
While these five strategies can help procurement and supply chain managers make their businesses more sustainable, it's important to remember that sustainability is an ongoing process. To ensure continued progress, it's important to set goals and monitor progress over time. This can involve tracking key sustainability metrics like energy consumption, waste reduction, and greenhouse gas emissions and sharing this information with stakeholders across the business. Additionally,
We hope these tips for becoming more sustainable in 2023 and beyond have been useful and have given you some inspiration on how to make the next steps. In addition to following the above guidance, it’s important for managers to get their team on board with sustainability initiatives, providing training and education to help employees understand the importance of sustainability and how they can contribute to the effort.
Many businesses find that having expertise in-house can significantly boost their sustainability strategy. If you want to find out more about upskilling or growing your workforce, talk to our team today. We have access to the top talent in procurement and supply chain, including people with sustainability expertise. Get in touch, we’d love to help!
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