Eco-Friendly Supply Chain Industry
Eco-friendly is not just another trendy phrase in supply chain circles. It is a movement that will define the future of the supply chain industry. In the Wal-Mart 2016 Global Responsibility Report, the company states, “Our focus on renewable energy has broadened into an effort to combat climate change across supply chains.” Great strides made in the undertaking to go green in this industry are the result of a variety of factors.
As consumers become more informed about environmental issues, they demand more from the suppliers of their goods and services. If those needs go unanswered, the customer will conduct business with suppliers who practice eco-friendly concepts which will affect the profits of the non-compliant suppliers.
The effects of industry by-products on the climate such as carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and depleted natural resources have an impact that the supply chain industry cannot ignore. The consequences of maintaining things as they are will adversely affect future generations.
Businesses in the supply chain industry that are eco-friendly watched profits increase as a result of their actions. For example, savings from reduced packaging costs and added streams of income from recycled by-products.
Due to changing regulations on industrial waste and the potential for fines for noncompliance, the supply chain industry is more proactive in finding sustainable ways to become compliant with changing legislation.
Motivated by concerns for consumers, the environment, profit margins and compliance, the supply chain industry faces a multitude of challenges in becoming truly sustainable. Eco-friendly practices in the supply chain industry will progress and continue to gain momentum in the years to come.