The five factors of supply chain sustainability

Gurjit Degun
14 May 2014

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15 May 2014 | Gurjit Degun

Leadership, empowerment and sharing success stories are among the attributes required to implement sustainable procurement.

That’s according to a panel of experts who shared their top tips at the Institute for Supply Management annual conference in Las Vegas, US last week. The advice included:

Sustainability champions. “Find out who’s passionate about this in your organisation and ask them to be champions,” said Mike Fath, chief procurement officer at Caesars Entertainment. “We’ve got a few champions in our purchasing organisation that are bringing up great ideas.” Nichol Luoma, chief procurement officer at Arizona State University, advised buyers to have someone at a senior level to champion sustainability too, which will help achieve senior management buy-in.

Leadership. “You are all leaders to your supply chain, they’re looking to you and your actions and expectations,” added Pat Sunderlin, vice president of global supply chain at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Empowerment. “If you give people a ladder to execute in their own fashion they will take ownership of it,” said Sunderlin.

Success. Sunderlin said: “Nothing sells better than success, so we recognise and reward success."

Metrics. “Measurement is so important,” added Luoma. “If you can communicate what you [have done], it is really a powerful story.”

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