Posted: June 28th, 2015 | Author: Pascal Blanc | Filed under: Best practices, CSR in purchasing, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain | Tags: Best practices, carbon footprint, CSR, Greening the Supply Chain, supply chain | No Comments »
Reducing the amount of carbon imbedded in the raw materials we source can be a very good thing – especially if it helps us meet our Corporate Social Responsibility goals as supply-chain professionals (not to mention helping the planet).
Virescent and ProPurchaser have just developed a tool to measure and manage the carbon footprint of a supply chain. And, we are pleased to announce that our blog readers are invited to take out a free, 3-month trial.
Posted: June 23rd, 2015 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: Gem, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: procurement job, purchasing, purchasing job, purchasing profession, sourcing job | No Comments »
The competition for good jobs today is unprecedented.
Certainly not news. Most of us have had the frustrating experience of applying for a job we really want, only to find hundreds of others had the same idea. We were lucky to receive a response let alone an interview.
Well, there is news and it’s the good kind: a way forward, especially if the job you want involves negotiating with suppliers.
In the following article, we describe an approach that should help you stand out in the crowd: a method of demonstrating you can ‘hit the ground running’; that you will deliver bottom-line savings, the day you start working. Sound too good to be true?
Read on: Land the Purchasing Job You Want
Posted: June 18th, 2015 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: Best practices, Gem, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: budget, negotiation, procurement, purchasing, supplier negotiation | No Comments »
Most Purchasers are called upon each year to prepare a budget for the products they buy. Given the uncertain marketplace, estimating Suppliers‘ prices is a tough job. It’ easy to go wrong, easy to make decisions you’ll come to regret.
Ths article will help you survive & thrive in this career minefield.
via Beating the Budget Blues on Propurchaser.
Posted: June 13th, 2015 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: Best practices, Gem, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: best practice, negotiation | No Comments »
The arithmetic is simple: profits are being squeezed. Finding ways to drive down costs lower than your competition’s has become more important than ever.
Here, we describe a different approach to supplier negotiations that might help you gain an edge.
via Create a tag-team to wrestle cost down on Propurchaser.
Posted: June 8th, 2015 | Author: Tom Bowers | Filed under: CSR in purchasing, Gem | Tags: CSR, procurement, supplier, supply chain | No Comments »
One way of integrating sustainable procurement into your supply chain is to start a the very beginning and put a ‘supplier charter‘ in place.
Set out your companies CSR priorities, send these to your suppliers along with a questionnaire asking them to evaluate how they perform against each of the priorities. Once you start collecting information and forming a constructive dialogue with your suppliers, it becomes possible to implement your CSR objectives through your supply chain.
How to implement a supplier charter
Posted: June 3rd, 2015 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: Best practices, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: commodities, CSR, green purchasing, Greening the Supply Chain | No Comments »
If you want to really use your buying power to make a environmental difference, make sure that any “green” criteria for vendor selection are widely publicized so that your suppliers’ competitors hear about them too.
In this way, encouraging a change in one supplier can have a “multiplier effect” on many others.
via Negotiating Nugget | Propurchaser.
Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: Ethan Davis | Filed under: CSR in purchasing, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain | Tags: CSR | No Comments »
Major pension funds are demanding more environmental data about the businesses they’ve invested in, but most companies are still not giving them key information about things such as energy and water consumption, according to a new review of corporate social responsibility in Canada.
via Few Canadian companies disclose environmental practices – The Globe and Mail.
Posted: May 24th, 2015 | Author: Tom Bowers | Filed under: CSR in purchasing, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: CSR, green purchasing, sustainability | No Comments »
To actually make your supply-chain more green, the first step is to understand what the main environmental impacts are and where they occur in the supply chain or product lifecycle.
I intend to write about what purchasing professionals can actually do to ‘green’ supply-chains and lower their organization’s carbon footprint. My goal is to stimulate ideas and debate; so please feel free to comment or add your ideas.
Increased public awareness, scrutiny from environmental groups, regulatory pressure and concerns about climate change has led companies in a race to establish their eco-credentials; through removing harmful but regulated substances like phthalates (often found in PVC) from products, changing palm oil suppliers to save rainforests, and setting huge targets to remove carbon emissions from supply chains. For many companies, their products’ biggest impacts, and therefore risks and opportunities, are from the supply chain in the production, extraction, cultivation, and transport of raw materials.
Read the rest of Green Procurement: knowledge is power » » »
Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Author: Tom Bowers | Filed under: Gem, Greening the Supply Chain | Tags: corporate social responsibility, CSR, Greening the Supply Chain | No Comments »
This is the second article discussing the results of our ongoing survey examining what Supply-Chain professionals in North America are thinking and (more importantly) doing about greening their supply-chains.
The first article, How important is a Green Supply-Chain in North America?, focused on the perceived importance of a green supply-chain, homing in on senior management’s expectations, as well as our own attitudes towards suppliers with green credentials.
The survey asked how strongly participants agreed or disagreed with the following statements:
Read the rest of Are Green Supply-Chains More Expensive? » » »