Supply chains are at the heart of sustainable business—essential to protecting the climate and natural ecosystems, while supporting the livelihoods and well-being of millions of people around the world.
The best pathway to reducing greenhouse gas emissions lies in the broader value chain. These complex global networks can also be incredibly fragile and opaque. As a result, most companies are unable to fully understand the risks and opportunities they face, cutting across diverse geographies, issue areas, and industries.
The media spotlight on recent global events, from the COVID-19 pandemic to extreme weather, has focused public attention on this vulnerability as never before. Meanwhile, consumers, investors, NGOs, and governments are stepping up their demands that supply chains are more sustainable, protect the environment and safeguard human rights.
At the same time, new tools—from blockchain technology to satellite monitoring—are enabling companies to innovate more quickly, bringing new transparency and efficiency to supply chain management.
Climate change mitigation is the fastest-growing issue area for supply chain sustainability practitioners (its score increasing by 12 percent), followed by natural resource and biodiversity conservation. Employee welfare and worker safety remains remain the top issue.
Since its inception in 2007, HERproject™ has worked in more than 1,000 workplaces across 17 countries and has increased the well-being, confidence, and economic potential of more than 1,225,000 women and 775,000 men.
825,000 tons of palm-based materials have been mapped via work through the Action for Sustainable Derivatives collaboration.
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Adding Value to Your Business and Society
As companies change their practices, it also has increased competition among companies to become more sustainable—a race to the top.
BSR can work with you to help ensure your company stays at the leading edge, with strategies based on holistic sustainable sourcing approaches and across industries at the global level and at any supply chain tier.
With deep experience in the supply chains of multiple industries, we help companies develop innovative supply chain and procurement strategies that are tailored to your value chain’s specific contexts, challenges, and opportunities through offerings that include:
Maturity assessment of programs and policies
Strategic supplier engagement roadmap
Scope 3/net-zero target setting and implementation for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
Transparency and due diligence
Worker, supplier, and management capacity building
Innovative supplier financing
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From deploying joint action to engage the palm derivatives supply chain to amending priorities to track developments, Action for Sustainable Derivatives shares its 2022 progress.