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Many companies identify their biggest environmental impacts in their supply chain and/or at the end-of-life of their products. Leveraging environmental improvements at the beginning and end stages of the life cycle means working with a web of suppliers, recyclers, and product recovery partners.
As companies and entire sectors look outside their factory walls, they see new opportunities to add social, economic and environmental value up and down the value chain. Supply chain and product stewardship not only manage and enhance brand reputation, but also unveil new opportunities for product development and cost management. Pure Strategies’ projects include:
Pure Strategies helped Seventh Generation launch its supplier assessment tool in 2006, and expanded it in 2010. Seventh Generation grades its suppliers on energy, carbon, waste, natural resources, people and community. The company’s program is one of the more comprehensive approaches we’ve seen.
Seventh Generation Supplier Assessment Areas
Consider these issues when developing your own supplier evaluation program:
“Pure Strategies helped us build a comprehensive supplier assessment program that addresses all of the most important sustainability questions that third parties want to know about our products, and then created a simple tool that allows our suppliers to easily supply us with the information we need, often in a form they've already used to report it someplace else.”
Dave Rapaport, Sr. Director of Corporate Consciousness, Seventh Generation