Forward-looking companies are experiencing one of the largest paradigm shifts in the history of business - one in which leading organizations are hardwiring sustainability into design, production, sourcing and end use in order to ensure the lowest cost to themselves, their customers and the planet.
Purchasers are driving innovation and producing dramatic savings by demanding sustainability throughout the life cycle of their acquisitions.
Acquisition decisions need to be made in consideration of the following questions:
Understanding how sustainability shapes business goals has led to design and sourcing innovations at organizations as diverse as the U.S. Department of Defense, General Motors, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Unilever and Walmart.
Addressing costs throughout the value chain and product life cycle leads to more collaboration among partners, vendors and buyers, greater financial savings, and innovative product design.
It also advances understanding of how sustainability initiatives affect business goals.
The major sellers and buyers mentioned above have emerged as leaders by creating a new framework for business in which sustainability is built into the core practices of product development, sales and procurement.
By taking a TCO approach and assessing environmental factors throughout the life cycle of products and services, they are able to transform societal and environmental challenges into business opportunities.