GEMI Publishes Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map and Case Studies

GEMI Publishes Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map and Case Studies
Examining selected industry-focused supply chain sustainability harmonization solutions, with a focus on their data collection efforts.

Washington, DC – The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), a global leader in developing insights, networking and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business, today published a GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability Solutions Map, along with a series of case studies on supply chain sustainability solutions.

“Corporate sustainability leaders face challenges related to the wide variety of expectations for addressing supply chain sustainability. Many are seeking ways to better understand the sustainability performance of companies within their supply chain while responding to similar requests from their own customers. While the objectives of such efforts are often similar, the format and content are typically quite different. To address these concerns, GEMI has worked to build a cross-industry coalition – GEMI’s Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Work Group – to drive alignment on global supply chain sustainability solutions while meeting common cross-industry goals” said Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and GEMI’s Chair.

GEMI’s SCS Solutions Map was designed by GEMI’s SCS Work Group as a high-level map depicting a selection of industry-specific SCS harmonization efforts to illustrate the breadth of activities to be addressed, many of which overlap. Information on the Map was informed by internal GEMI research as well as dialogue and engagement with a range of external organizations. The map is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all available solutions nor a guide for selecting a particular solution, but rather it is intended to promote dialogue around potential convergence/mutual recognition across efforts.

Accompanying the Map are four case studies related to Ecodesk, EcoVadis, Responsible Business Alliance and Sedex. These case studies provide an example of how companies are utilizing specific SCS solutions to impact business decision-making, as well as the extent to which these solutions have reduced fatigue related to data collection and reporting for both buyers and suppliers.

“GEMI believes there is strong potential to enhance coordination across efforts and further increase focus on the data that drives action while reducing the burden to both buyer and supplier across industries, and will continue to facilitate cross-industry dialogue and action to address this opportunity through GEMI’s SCS Work Group going forward” said Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and GEMI’s Chair.

Please contact Kellen Mahoney if you’d like to learn more about participation in GEMI’s SCS Work Group.

Special thanks to 2017 GEMI member companies and Supply Chain Sustainability project participants for their leadership and engagement in this effort, including American Chemistry Council, Ashland, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Carnival Corporation & plc, Corn Refiners Association, Ecolab, ExxonMobil Chemical, FedEx, Gannett Fleming, Hexion, IPIECA, Merck, Plastics Industry Association, P&G, Perdue Farms, Schlumberger, Sealed Air, Smithfield Foods and Smith & Nephew. Special thanks also to Mary Beth Jordan, MBJ Strategies for her work in supporting this effort.

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