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Sustainability Questions for Supply Chain Leadership

August 1st, 2012

Over the past several years, both consumers and shareholders are asking businesses for more accountability and transparency within the supply chain. Because of this, discussions around sustainability — and how to drive efficiency in the supply chain — are at the forefront of business leaders’ minds.

“Today, sustainability has replaced cost, value and speed as the dominant topic of discussion among purchasing and supply professionals,” write Brian Mace and Dave Food, the authors of Oracle’s The Shape of Tomorrow’s Supply Chain.

What are the questions that supply chain leaders need to ask themselves if they want to successfully integrate sustainability into their business and products, as well as ensure these projects become synonymous with risk mitigation and cost reduction?

Michael Koploy, ERP Analyst at the online company Software Advice, recently interviewed four experts in supply chain sustainability to learn the most important conversations that need to be occurring. He pinpointed 5 questions: » Read more: Sustainability Questions for Supply Chain Leadership

Business Takes the Lead

July 9th, 2012

In our quest for all shining bright spots in the sustainability movement, the Sustainametrics team is pretty psyched about two recent events. The first, our favorite conference of the year, Sustainable Brands (SB) held this June in San Diego’s Paradise Point. SB is the annual meeting of the minds of the businesses, NGOs, educators and passionate leaders in the area of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Four days are dedicated to sharing ideas, collaborating on projects and co-creating a future through the power of branding. This year’s theme “The Revolution Will Be Branded” inspired a challenge to global brand leaders to find ways to support each other and create solutions rather than excuses about the environment. The entire conference was centered around innovation and idea sharing, clearly acknowledging that health of business is reliant on the conscious consumer – one who votes with their wallet every day.

Hunter Lovins, venerable pioneer in the sustainability field, kicked off the conference attended by the who’s who of businesses that care including; Patagonia, Unilever, Ford Motor, Patagonia, Chipoltle, Clark, REI, Green Mountain Coffee, and a host of emerging mission led businesses. The common themes centered on embracing full transparency and authenticity, imparting values into supply chains and exploring new capital market structures that look at long term goals rather than short term results. For more information on Sustainable Brands check it out here…
and save the date for next year – June 4-7, 2013.

The second event, which we had to watch from afar was Rio+20 , the 20th anniversary United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Earth Summit. From a political perspective, the conference failed to make significant progress with no specific reductions in climate emissions and no concrete Sustainable Development Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals that expire in 2015. Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International’s executive director, said in a statement, “Rio+20 has turned into an epic failure. It has failed on equity, failed on ecology, and failed on economy.”

However, while this conference was seen as a political disappointment due to lack of progress by government leaders, the private sector stepped up big time with a commitment to take responsibility for building the global green economy. This is obviously a huge undertaking, and as we saw at Sustainable Brands, one that is already underway. Perhaps our political leaders will take a cue from business. Real change will take a massive effort and 100% participation of both government AND business to reach Rio’s goals. This will require more public-private partnership and favorable legislation, regulation and incentives to support those partnerships while balancing social equity and environmental responsibility. To check out more on progress from the Rio conference click here

City of Napa Sustainability Plan moves to Public Comment

April 18th, 2012

Sustainametrics is pleased to announce that the City of Napa has posted its draft Sustainability Plan for public comment.  Sustainametrics began working with the City to develop the plan in March 2011. Input was collected through 16 public meetings, community leader interviews, and an online survey. In total, there are 96 initiatives recommended for consideration in the Sustainability Plan that covers both government operations and the community. The public comment period will end on May 15, 2012 at 5pm and be followed by a City Council workshop and assessment of environmental impacts by city planners.

The draft plan can be reviewed at

Sustainability is No Fad

January 16th, 2012

As we start 2012, the question I hear most while talking about Sustainability is whether it is just another fad. The simple answer is “no”. Why? Market forces!

Take carbon foot-printing for instance. Reducing carbon is all about energy per unit of production; nationally the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). And since the industrial revolution, economic power has been inseparable from energy. The world’s most dynamic economy, China, has pledged “to reduce its CO2 output per unit of GDP by up to 45% through 2020 compared with 2005 levels”(1). In 2009, the U.S. was 27th among OECD(2) in its energy efficiency per unit of GDP(3). As a country, the U.S. economy must become more efficient to be competitive. This is just as true for companies, communities, and educational institutions. Energy efficiency and renewable energy also provide an important hedge against energy market volatility. And given the progress of regional greenhouse gas regulation regimes and the Durban Platform along with the increasingly obvious economic and societal costs of petroleum, it’s clear that efficiency and renewable energy are in our future. » Read more: Sustainability is No Fad