SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY
When we shop in store or online we do not always consider the inbound and outbound movements involved in sourcing and replenishing the raw materials, components or finished goods needed for business processes and operations, as well as the movements of the goods we buy from an organisation to us, the customer, back to suppliers or out for disposal and recycling.
In the context of logistics, our prime concern tends to be pollution, or the impact of vehicle emissions into the atmosphere, onto the road or into the water.
Vehicle emissions generally relate to gaseous and particulate emissions from the engines which transport goods to customers or product parts in transit to the production line.
What we buy and the way we shop will always impact the environment so making small production improvements helps.
There are different theories on social responsibility and what is ethically right with some organisations following certain principles, no matter what the consequences!
These include honesty and the treatment of people as an end in themselves rather than a tool to be used. This ethical approach focuses on an individual following a moral obligation over a natural instinct. The focus of this ethical approach is everyday conduct rather than consequences.
Some businesses believe that the consequences of one’s actions are the important thing, and that organisations should work to deliver the greatest benefit to the greatest number of people which can lead to a dispassionate evaluation of actions, comparing the number of people that benefit with the number of people who might suffer as a result of any actions!
The focus is on the ultimate outcome rather than the conduct that leads to the actions. Even the smallest improvement can impact a entire community and socially we are all responsible and it matters.
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The mission of any organisation is to become financially sustainable. Generally this means that businesses must make a profit. In a nutshell, when all costs made to run the business are deducted from the earnings (the traditional bottom line) a positive number should remain.
A greener cleaner supply chain can make an important contribution towards the financial sustainability of an organisation.
I use four measures in this perspective element of a supply chain;
All of which, can be improved by tweaking each measure positively to achieve the optimal outcome for your business and a more positive outcome for humanity.
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