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Section I Introduction to the Sustainable Supply Chain
Section II The Foundations of Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Section III The Key Activities of a Sustainable Supply Chain
Section IV Emerging Issues in Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Section V Sustainable Supply Chain Management Planning and Future Systems
Sustainable Supply Chain Management-The Next Industrial Revolution
- Define what sustainable supply chain management is and is not.
- Introduce the paradigm shift of sustainability as not involving dichotomous trade-offs, but inclusive, collaborative, and integrative ?processes for improved performance.
- Recognize that sustainability is not someone else's job, it's everyone's job!
- Look for a definition of sustainability from a competitor and reflect on how this can be improved upon and aligned within your own firm.
- What are the environmental and social impacts of your supply chain?
Sustainability-Reducing Waste, Enhancing Value, and Generating a Strategic Competitive Advantage
- Understand the notion of waste, as it provides new insight to sustainability.
- Recognize the role of business models in making sustainability a strategic imperative.
- Appreciate the importance of "sustainable value added" for assessing sustainability.
- What companies in your own industry do you consider leaders in sustainability? Why?
- What is your business model: key customer, value proposition, and capabilities?
- How can you start measuring value creation and waste to enable the concept of Sustainable Value Added?
Performance Measurement and Metrics-Enabling Transparency, Visibility, AND Sustainability
- Understand the basics of performance measurement, including benchmarking, and how and where to integrate sustainability.
- Introduce programs, guidelines, and tools to measure and manage supply chains.
- Review key performance indicators providing insight for carriers and less-than-truck-load service providers.
- Run your business as if you did have to pay for carbon emissions, how would this change your approach to decision making, management, and supply chain integration?
- What existing groups and teams can be leveraged as champions of sustainability?
- How do you currently establish performance goals? Will this process be any different for natural or social capital?
Standards and Tools in Support of Sustainable Supply Chain Management
- Review the sources and types of standards.
- Highlight prominent standards supporting sustainability initiatives.
- Understand how to apply problem-solving approaches and process tools to sustainability.
- What sustainability standards are used in your industry?
- What sustainability standards align with existing core capabilities and your business model?
- What process management tools are in use within your company?
Design for Sustainability-Collectively Transforming Systems and Process
- Understand what firms are doing to integrate sustainability into stage-gate new product design processes.
- See opportunities though a design and systems thinking lens.
- Review current frameworks and tools of sustainable design.
- Leverage design for sustainability (DfS) to improve product and process efficiency.
- Where is your firm on the sustainability adoption model?
- Review The Natural Step conditions and apply this framework to your operations, what issues become apparent?
- Can you find opportunities for LCA and industrial ecology within your operations and supply chain?
Integrating Sustainability-Enabling People and Customers
- Understand the integrated supply chain is and such tactics as supplier base management and interoperability.
- Review the drivers, barriers, and enablers associated with integrating the supply chain into corporate sustainability initiatives.
- Apply a systematic approach to making sustainability a day-to-day habit.
- How many tiers of suppliers do you have in your supply chain, and do you know where all of your materials and components come from?
- What management systems are already in place that will enable sustainability as a collaborative part of how you operate your business rather than having sustainability as a peripheral activity?
- How would the UBS help integrate sustainability into your operations and supply chain?
Sustainable Systems-Order Winners of the Future
- Provide a structured approach to planning and implementation.
- Review the self-assessment process.
- Review the foundations of SSCM (a synthesis of prior chapters).
- Enable action learning and an applied approach to using the information in this book.