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For many organisations, the most significant sustainability, carbon and environmental impacts will be found in their supply chain, not in their direct operations.


So, if you’ve set sustainability goals, the chances are the impact of your supply chain is crucial to achieving those objectives. 


Quite often, supply chain management programmes focus purely on identifying risk in the supply chain.  This is important, but at WSP our approach is to also find the positive opportunities in the supply chain that can reduce costs and improve sustainability performance.  


WSP has experience worldwide at developing sustainable supply chain management programmes.  We tailor our approach to your business structure, but in general it looks something like this:


  • Stage one – benchmarking your performance today:


Clear and quantifiable metrics to measure future success are essential.  We will engage with your buying teams and map the buying process, assessing how aware they are of the concept of sustainable procurement.  It’s important to understand how your suppliers are measured.  We will measure the social and environmental impact of the materials you buy, assessing embedded carbon and water in the production processes, amongst other parameters that are of importance to your business.  This process identifies key risks and priorities.


  • Stage two – developing a clear plan for improvement:


We will work with you to define what success looks like and set a plan and performance targets to achieve that. It is essential that buying staff are encouraged and supported to purchase in a sustainable manner and that programmes are aligned with the interest of your suppliers and other key stakeholders, in addition to meeting your business needs. 


  • Stage three – implementing the plan:


We will help you hold supplier engagement workshops; we can deliver e-learning to build understanding; we can help develop and deliver communications programmes to encourage involvement and we can create a helpdesk for your procurement teams.  The programme will reflect your business needs.  Critically, implementation requires defined tasks with milestones, actions and owners.


  • Stage four – monitoring progress:


Any programme must have commercial focus, align with your interests, achieve buy-in of all stakeholders and be measurable to ensure targets are achieved.  Well executed, its impact on your overall social and environmental impact can be very powerful.



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