Green Matters
Green Matters

Ceres Launches Supply Chain Sustainability Tool

October 10, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
The rise of globalization and the resulting long and complicated supply chains make it difficult to track and meet sustainability goals, especially when coupled with the risks and uncertainties of climate change, economic volatility and political turmoil.

With that in mind, Ceres, a sustainability advocacy group, has released a free online tool to help companies assess their supply chain sustainability.

The “Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ): Building the Foundation for Sustainable Supply Chains” was designed for the industrial goods sector, but is applicable to all companies seeking to strengthen supply chain engagement, according to Ceres. It’s intended to be the first step in developing dialogues between a company and its suppliers to identify, assess, manage and disclose supply chain sustainability risks.

“Building resilient supply chains is essential in an era when increasing extreme weather events around the world are frequently disrupting commerce, and human rights concerns can damage even the glossiest reputation,” writes Amy Augustine, Director, Corporate Programs for Ceres, in a blog post. “Recent flooding in Thailand that shuttered auto parts factories for months and a rash of suicides among unhappy workers at the Foxconn electronics assembly company in China are just two examples of supply chain disruptions causing negative ripples for leading global companies.”

That’s where the SAQ will be useful for all companies seeking to strengthen that supply chain engagement. It’s also useful for companies that are beginning to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.

Ceres was founded by a small group of investors in 1989 in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Since then it has worked to “weave sustainable strategies and practices into the fabric and decision-making of companies, investors and other key economic players.”

Ceres says it will work with a group of companies and industry coalitions to promote the use of the tool either as a stand-alone or a complement to other tools companies may already have in place. wt

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Five Wearable Manufacturing Technologies of the Future

Video applications, Employee Monitoring, Field service, Plant monitoring, Improving employee safety


Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.


Speaker info: Diane Palmquist, VP Manufacturing Industry Solutions


More Podcasts

World Trade 100 Magazine

wt october 2014

2014 October

Check out the October 2014 edition of World Trade WT100, featuring our cover story: Logistics Drives Site Selection, plus much more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Transportation Capacity

As peak season has gotten underway, what is your experience with transportation capacity?
View Results Poll Archive


World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling, 1st Edition

Filled with proven operational solutions, it will guide managers as they develop a warehouse master plan, one designed to minimize the effects of supply chain inefficiencies as it improves logistics accuracy and inventory management - and reduces overall warehousing expense.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Use our interactive maps to locate service providers across North America.Interactive Map

Logistics Development Partners 

IWLA Members