15 October 2007 | Paul Snell
Household names including Tesco, Unilever and Cadbury Schweppes have joined a new project to measure the carbon emissions of their supply chains.
Members of the Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration also include Imperial Tobacco, Procter & Gamble and Nestlé.
The group will examine issues including the supply chain carbon footprint and climate change strategies of its members.
The scheme will be run by The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which last month announced plans to team up with US retailer Wal-Mart to measure carbon emissions of some of its suppliers (Web news, 27 September).
"By engaging their supply chains in the CDP process companies will encourage suppliers to measure and manage their emissions," said Paul Dickinson, chief executive. "For many companies it is the supply chain that makes up the vast majority of their emissions."
It follows a report published by the CDP that said most of the UK's 350 biggest companies "were not able to estimate supply chain emissions".