The Ever-Expanding Sustainable Supply Chain

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The Ever-Expanding Sustainable Supply Chain

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 2:58pm


Emerging and ongoing areas of business improvement have long been driven by a wide variety of business sustainability goals and objectives.  While sometimes falling under project headings of continuous improvement, business optimization or business synergies, companies across all industries have been searching for sustainable value.  Today this search has a new name and an expanded perspective beyond the internal working of the organization. 

Slicing out just one area of business sustainability focus, many procurement organizations are now moving from savings to strategy by expanding their view of environmental and social responsibility actions within the supply chain.  Our sustainability consulting practice finds these companies creating strategic sourcing and procurement guidelines aligned with their business sustainability strategies. 
  • Wal-Mart unveils its Sustainability Index, defining business sustainability expectations and creating opportunity for its over 100,000 suppliers.

  • IBM is now requiring its 28,000 suppliers to install management systems to gather data on their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste and recycling.

The next phase, beyond supplier visibility and procurement policy, is an expansion towards a multi-way conversation to promote active engagement of all key stakeholders.  Click here to continue reading.


Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".



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