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Moody’s: Carbon Offsets Open Supply Chains Up to Financial, Reputational Risks
A new report from Moody's finds that companies that rely on buying carbon offsets as an emisisons-reduction strategy could face financial and reputational harm.
ASCM Releasees Top 10 Supply Chain Trends for 2024
The ASCM top 10 supply chain trends for 2024 feature a new number one, but technology trends still dominate the top five overall.
National Retail Federation Seeks to ‘Close the Loop,’ Acquires Reverse Logistics Association
The National Retail Federation is acquiring the Reverse Logistics Association as it looks to bolster its circular economy expertise.
The Key Principles of Sustainable Manufacturing
Xtonnes solution to decarbonize the supply chain and make manufacturing more sustainable.

Sustainability Resources

Harnessing ESG Data for MDM: A Strategic Advantage
While most CPG and Retail companies already have had sustainable goals such as recycled packaging content and becoming...
Sustainable Supply Chain Insights From PITT OHIO
A whitepaper on supply chain insights gleaned at the LEED-certified gold Cleveland transportation and sustainability summit.

Sustainability News

Driving Green Practice Adoption in the Logistics & Transportation Industry
Using regression analysis and a survey of 322 logistics firms in China's Shanghai and Shenzhen areas, Chieh-Yu Lin and Yi-Hui Ho (both of Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan), analysed the factors that influence the adoption of green practices within the logistics industry. Green practices investigated include the adoption of fuel efficient vehicles, electricity management systems and solar energy systems.

How Can Turn the Page on Supply Chain Sustainability
Amazon can be seen as a greener option than traditional storefront retailers because it does not need to operate physical locations. Also, Amazon’s transportation logistics and distribution center efficiencies may reduce the life-cycle energy use of consumer products. If Amazon can embrace sustainable practices, it has the potential to improve the buying experience for customers and differentiate itself further from the competition.

VW Platinum Auto Plant from Future Rises in Tennessee to Speed Passat Parts Delivery
A longtime leader in the auto industry, Volkswagen has redefined the auto plant with the only LEED Platinum-certified plant in the world. The Chattanooga-based facility boasts a comprehensive system of cutting edge technologies, including a $30 million solar farm and wetlands to minimize environmental impact. As a zero waste facility, nothing production-related goes to a landfill.

BSR’s Center for Sustainable Procurement: Year 1 Findings and Insights
As one of the leading business networks in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability since 1992, BSR has conducted numerous engagements with member companies and their stakeholders focused on sustainable supply chain management.

4 Supply Chain Lessons from AT&T, Best Buy & Dell
One year after the launch of BSR’s Center for Sustainable Procurement (CSP), our first research paper captures four main insights from projects with AT&T, Best Buy, and Dell that covered a range of product complexities and supplier relationships.

DELIVERING TOMORROW - Towards Sustainable Logistics
This report, “Delivering Tomorrow: Towards Sustainable Logistics,” is the second publication from Deutsche Post DHL to look to the future and follows the publication of the global Delphi study – “Delivering Tomorrow: Customer Needs in 2020 and Beyond” – last year. It focuses on what shapes not only the logistics industry, but decisively influences our common future.

Making Commerce Flow More Efficiently and Sustainably, For Everyone
We take the long view about everything essential to our business, and we’re transparent about our plans for succeeding today while investing for tomorrow. This includes expanding our engagement with stakeholders to share the many ways our industry can become more efficient with energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ryder Named a Food Logistics Top Green Provider
Ryder System, Inc., a leader in supply chain, warehousing, and transportation management solutions, today announced it has been named one of 2013’s “Top Green Providers” by Food Logistics. The “Top Green Providers” list focuses on sustainability in the global food supply chain with profiles of companies who are exceeding industry standards in their sector.

A New Era: Supplier Management in the Low-Carbon Economy
CDP Supply Chain Report 2012 - The results indicate that companies are making real changes to their operating models, most frequently in procurement, resulting in greater reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and greater monetary gains across the entire supply chain.

Volvo I-Shift Now Standard on all Volvo-Powered Trucks - Upto 1.5% Fuel Efficency
Sales of the Volvo I-Shift reached record levels in 2012, with nearly one of every two Volvo trucks built in North America featuring the Volvo I-Shift. Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing, made the announcement during the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show.

An Overview of Norfolk Southern’s 2012 Sustainability Report
This is Norfolk Southern’s fifth annual corporate sustainability report. It discloses the railroad’s significant environmental, economic, and social impacts to provide stakeholders a way to assess our commitment to corporate sustainability.

National Gateway The Future of Freight
Infrastructure enhancements such as the National Gateway are critical for rail transportation to help create jobs, promote growth and sustain the environment.

Big Ass Fans Haiku Named a Top 10 Green Building Product
GreenSource Magazine, in partnership with BuildingGreen, Inc., named Haiku® a top product of 2013 on their recently released Top 10 Green Building Products list. Published annually, the Top 10 Green Building Products list recognizes products that are expected to play a large role in sustainable building in the year ahead.

UPS Sustainable Touring with Pearl Jam
Since their debut 20 years ago, Pearl Jam has evolved from an alternative rock band to a full-scale business. They recently partnered with UPS to devise a transportation strategy and offset the impact of their PJ20 Anniversary Destination Weekend.

FedEx Targets 30% More Fuel Efficiency by 2020 for its Global Fleet
FedEx delivers bigger fuel efficiency targets. In 2008 FedEx set a target of increasing the fuel efficiency of its global vehicle fleet 20 percent with the goal to improve fuel efficiency 30 percent by 2020, both for vehicles and aircraft.

Corporate Sustainability
The evidence that sustainability is becoming a core consideration for successful businesses around the world grows stronger every day.

Saddle Creek leverages Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to Support your Corporate Sustainability Goals
Learn how your organization can leverage CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) to support corporate sustainability goals. Saddle Creek Logistics Services' CNG fleet can have a remarkable impact on the environment.

Building sustainable business models and brands
It isn’t “all about carbon”; it’s about water; land use; waste and pollutants. It’s about which raw materials are used and where they are sourced, from energy and water to metals, minerals and agricultural products, as risk increasingly varies according to location.

UPS Customer Experience Study
UPS commissioned a study by comScore polling more than 3,100 online shoppers to gain insight into the consumer online shopping experience. Unlike most customer experience surveys, the study evaluates consumer shopping habits and preferences from pre-purchase to post-delivery, including areas such as free shipping and returns.

Sustainability & Resiliency
A very similar concept to a measure of a business’s sustainability is its assessed ability to readily weather its business environment and prosper in that environment. Paralleling the good quality of ‘hardness’ means you must also have a measure of ‘toughness.’

Featured Companies

International Chamber of Commerce
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Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through our sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and…
Robinson Fresh
As one of the largest produce companies in the world, we go beyond supplying fresh produce to offering you an abundance of fresh solutions - from customer insights and marketing support, to category and inventory management. We speak fresh, and…
UrbanVolt is helping the world’s largest energy users to rapidly reduce their carbon footprint. We work with large companies as a full solution sustainability partner, enabling them to use their scale to rapidly impact climate change. Our first step…
Nikola Motor Company
Nikola Motor Company designs and manufactures electric vehicles, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle drivetrains. NMC is led by its visionary CEO Trevor Milton (twitter: @nikolatrevor), who has assembled one of the most talented teams in the country…
SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its…
Foreign Trade Association
The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is the leading business association for global commerce that promotes the values of international trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA represents 1,800+ retailers, importers and brands to promote and defend international trade and supports their business…
Tri Global Energy
Tri Global Energy, LLC has 16 projects in its wind energy development portfolio, representing more than 640,000 acres of wind resource sites to generate 6,600 MW of wind power, enough to provide the annual electricity consumed by 1.9 million American homes. Industry experts have…
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