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Supply management promotes protection, preservation and vitality of the natural environment.

In this context:

  1. Encourage the organization to be proactive in identifying and implementing environmentally responsible practices throughout the supply chain.

  2. Hold suppliers accountable for being environmentally responsibility.

  3. Promote development and diffusion of environmentally friendly practices and products throughout the organization and supply chain.

  4. Champion consumption of environmentally responsible products and services.

  5. Support and influence the design of products to effect positive environmental improvements.

  6. Implement strategies to reduce and eliminate negative impact on the environment at the organization, supply chain and product levels.

  7. Develop a comprehensive understanding of environmental impacts across the supply chain

The following resources for the Environment principle are divided into the following sections:

For additional links, refer to the Sustainability page on the ISM website.

Other Resources

  • Business Green is a multimedia Web site published in the UK that provides information to help companies improve their environmental credentials. The site offers news and resources on environmental issues, as well as a blog and discussion forums.

  • Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) is a coalition of environmental groups, investors, advisors, analysts and public interest and community groups. The organization developed the CERES Principles, a ten-point code of environmental conduct, endorsed by more than 70 companies, that promotes environmental responsibility and disclosure by companies.

  • Glossary of Environmental Terms is a Web resource that provides definitions used by internationally recognized organizations, environmental agencies or research reports of large groups of scientists and projects etc.

  • Responsible Care® is the global chemical industry's unique initiative to improve health, environmental performance, enhance security, and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes.

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Carbon, Climate & Energy

  • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organization with the goal to create a lasting relationship between shareholders and corporations regarding the implications for shareholder value and commercial operations presented by climate change.

  • The Carbon Trust is an independent company funded by the government in the UK. The organization helps business and the public sector cut carbon emissions and supports the development of low carbon technologies. The site includes links to products and services, events and publications.

  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions works to advance strong policy and action to address energy and climate change.

  • The Climate Group is an organization whose goal is to help government and business set the world economy on the path to a low-carbon, prosperous future. The "Facts and Actions" area of this Web site includes information specifically directed toward supply chains and procurement.

  • The Climate Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing solutions to stabilize our rapidly changing climate by providing high quality greenhouse gas offset projects and advancing sound offset policy. The site includes a link to a "Business and Organization Carbon Calculator."

  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (GHG Protocol) is a widely used accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand and manage greenhouse gas emissions, and provides a framework for nearly every GHG standard and program in the world. The initiative is a result of a partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

  • Climate Change – Greenhouse Gas Emissions — Personnel Emissions Calculator is a tool on the U.S. EPA Web site to help individuals determine and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. It recognizes that the climate system is a shared resource whose stability can be affected by industrial and other emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The Convention enjoys near universal membership, with 192 countries having ratified. Under the Convention, governments: (1) gather and share information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and best practices; (2) launch national strategies for addressing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to expected impacts, including the provision of financial and technological support to developing countries; and (3) cooperate in preparing for adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

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Green Purchasing

  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is a program to assist the U.S. federal government to "buy green." The Web site includes information on federal EPP efforts, how to find and evaluate green products and services, hands-on tools for green purchasing and other resources.

  • EPEAT, A system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.

  • Green SupplyLine is an online publication covering the impact of global environmental standards on the supply chain. The site delivers breaking news, product announcements, industry advice and analysis, insights into best practices, and hands-on how-to details.

  • is an information resource for aligning environmental responsibility with business success. The site provide valuable news and resources free-of-charge through a combination of Web sites, workshops, daily news feeds, electronic newsletters, and briefing papers.

  • Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), is a Web site sponsored by a group of 10 U.S. northeastern states that provides a quick reference on purchasing green products and services. The site includes links to directories of green product suppliers and material exchanges, self-assessment tools, a guide to environmentally preferable products (EPP) business mentoring, and steps to develop a green purchasing program.

  • Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is a national network of procurement-related professionals dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Officially founded in 2005, the mission of RPN is to Promote and practice responsible purchasing by identifying best practices, developing effective purchasing tools, educating the market, and using collective purchasing power to maximize environmental stewardship, protect human health and support local and global sustainability. The organization is committed to leveraging the power of responsible procurement to conserve resources, mitigate pollution and waste and promote a healthy economy.

  • Responsible Purchasing of Forest Products (2nd Edition) is available for download on the Web site for the World Wildlife Federation's Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN). This guide was created for use by purchasing organizations wishing to develop a program for the responsible purchasing of forest products.

  • Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse provides a compilation of model legislation to reduce the amount of heavy metals in packaging and packaging components that are sold or distributed throughout the U.S. The law is specifically designed to phase out the use and presence of mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in packaging in states that enact the legislation.

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Green Facilities

  • Green Hotels Association, is an organization whose purpose is to bring together hotels interested in environmental issues and to encourage, promote and support the "greening" of the lodging industry.

  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization comprised of leaders from every segment of the building industry with a mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, making them environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. This site includes a section dedicated to the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™, a standard for green building design, construction and operation.

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Global Environment

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is an agency in the UK with the purpose of improving the current and future quality of life.

  • Energy Saving Trust is an organization that encourages energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energy sources by providing independent evidence-based policy analyses for energy efficiency in the UK and Europe.

  • REACH is a European Community Regulation enacted in 2007 on chemicals and their safe use. REACH is an acronym for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances.

  • European Partners for the Environment (EPE) brings together international, national and local public authorities; large and small companies; trade unions; and environmental and other NGOs to foster innovation, competitiveness and new green market opportunities.

  • Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) is an organization that enables businesses to improve environmental, health and safety performance, shareholder value and corporate citizenship. GEMI's Forging New Links demonstrates opportunities for environmental health and safety (EHS) to create business value in the supply chain across a broad variety of industries.

  • RoHS stands for "the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment." The RoHS directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

  • World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, non-advocacy organization that works with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia to advance sustainable development by encouraging environmental leadership, helping improve health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of natural resources to protect the global environment.

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U.S. Government-Based Environmental Programs

  • Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) is a partnership between automobile original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The organization works to create new and innovative business-centered approaches to environmental protection that improve the environment while providing value throughout the automobile supply chain.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides news and information related to environmental concerns such as the Clean Air Act, acid rain, climate change, hazardous waste, mold, ozone, research, recycling and other topics related to the environment. The agency's mission is to protect human health and the environment through science, research, education and assessment. Note: Refer to the Carbon, Climate and Energy section of this page for information on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions calculator for individuals.

  • U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Bureau of Consumer Protection — Energy and Environment pages provide links to FTC resources and energy information for businesses and consumers on appliances, environmental issues, electricity, energy efficiency, and fuels and automotive products. The environment section of this page includes a link to the FTC's Environmental Marketing Guides ("Green Guides") which provide guidelines for the use of environmental marketing claims such as "recyclable" and "biodegradable."

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Waste & Recycling

  • BioRegional Development Group is an environmental organization that develops products and services to reduce wasteful consumption of wood products, paper, textiles, food, transport, and housing to a sustainable level and maintain a high quality of life.

  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) This non-profit public service organization operates, Call2Recycle™, a program for recycling used portable rechargeable batteries and cell phones.

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