The Case for Supply Chain Sustainability Investments
A letter from Jeff Bernicke, President at NativeEnergy:
Recently members of NativeEnergy’s leadership team were in Berkeley, CA to convene a gathering of thought leaders from various organizations around a broad range of sustainability topics. The event was a working session attended by food and beverage companies, retailers, consumer goods manufacturers and others. The goal wasn’t to tout the successes of various sustainability programs. Rather, the group came together to discuss their aspirations around sustainability, gaps in existing initiatives, and barriers that are preventing businesses from achieving their goals. As we dove into the discussion, it was clear that while each segment has its own unique set of concerns, some issues are universal.
Over the last few years, supply chain sustainability has emerged as a crucial concern for business leaders. Significant greenhouse gas emissions, threats to production, and vulnerable supply communities, reside upstream from a business’s operations. While quantifying these externalities is still a bumpy road, many organizations are making progress in articulating the value of a sustainable supply chain and navigating supply chain sustainability initiatives.