Incorporating sustainability and social responsibility into your supply chain is no longer an arbitrary choice; it's become an important part of business strategy. Despite its short history and somewhat slow start to gain momentum in some industries, smart business leaders realize that sustainability fits quite nicely with lean strategies. After all, the ultimate goal of both is to optimize resources and eliminate waste.
Your organization can't move forward unless you remain competitive. Having a strong organizational strategy that addresses sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an essential ingredient for a strong organization. Attend ISM's 5th Annual Sustainability and Social Responsibility Conference and discover the benefits of embracing this business philosophy. Every day, the headlines in our most respected business publications announce another story about an organization that has committed itself to sustainable business practices. Organizations are reducing their carbon footprints, practicing responsible sourcing and planning for the next generation. It's a win-win for you and your stakeholders.
Supply management professionals engaged in developing and supporting corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Supply management professionals may want to invite those outside of supply management to gain buy-in and to build the foundation for organizational success. Corporate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives are holistic strategies that involve the entire organization. From the CEO to administrative support, all areas must heed the call to sustainability and CSR — but supply chain professionals are often the catalysts to change within the organization.
Earn 11 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) for your participation.
Sustainability: Sustainability is the ability to meet current needs without hindering the ability to meet the needs of future generations in terms of economic, environmental and social challenges.
Social responsibility: Social responsibility is a framework of measurable corporate policies and procedures and resulting behavior designed to benefit the workplace and, by extension, the individual, the organization and the community in the following areas: anti-corruption, diversity and inclusiveness — workforce and supply base, environment, ethics and business conduct, financial integrity and transparency, global citizenship, health and safety, human rights, labor rights, and sustainability.
Staples is the world's largest office products company. We focus our environmental programs on three major areas: sustainable products, recycling and other environmental services, and eco-efficient operations. We seek to offer our customers the products and solutions that they need to make greener choices and operate their business in a more sustainable manner.