06 February 2008 | Jake Kanter
Companies are not doing enough to reduce the harmful environmental effects of their supply chain, according to a new report.
A study published this week by consultants BearingPoint revealed 35 per cent of the 601 companies surveyed had a "green" supply chain. However, 83 per cent of the firms, all of which have a turnover of more than $100 million (£51 million), said they consider green issues in their supply strategy.
"One of the most telling tests of whether or not a company is really serious about addressing today's corporate responsibility challenges is to see what it's doing about its supply chain," said Jonathon Porritt, director of green campaigners Forum for the Future, in a statement. "And the simple conclusion from this report is that not enough companies are doing enough."
A lack of information and awareness of best practice was blamed by the highest proportion of firms, 36 per cent, for their poor performance.
The report also highlighted that firms in different counties varied in maturity. Every Japanese firm that participated claimed to be factoring green issues into their supply chain, while only 45 per cent of UK firms and 25 per cent of US businesses could say the same.