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Supply Chain Management


Sustainable supply chain management for corporate citizenship is defined as the opportunity for companies to address inefficiencies and risks as well as responsibly manage the quality of goods and services within their supply chain. It's a vital component of any company's platform, yet many CSR professionals in the field aren't sure where to begin. Addressing the ethical and sustainability issues in supply chain management often starts with a thorough examination of your company's code of conduct. You can use these guiding documents as tools to detail expectations and commitments required of suppliers of all sizes. The trend toward more ethical manufacturing has created new opportunities to incorporate CSR goals with supply chain operations. For example, through supplier diversity programs, many companies are finding new ways to encourage the building of partnerships with a broader range of female and minority owned businesses.

In an effort to promote ethical sourcing, companies are evaluating the human rights records and labor laws in the countries where suppliers are located in order ensure that suppliers are observing the codes of conduct, industry standards of performance, and local and global law. Some companies are even creating targeted workforce development programs in the local communities of their global value chain to foster economic growth and skill-building. Ultimately, supply chain management offers you endless opportunities to address both business and social goals, regardless of your company’s size, industry, or scale of production.

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is here to help you understand the risks and opportunities that exist in your value chain. Below is a sample of the supply chain sustainability examples and resources we offer our members.

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Resources and Research on Supply Chain Management

Companies with Supplier Diversity Programs Talk Purpose, Strategy Companies with supplier diversity programs answer all your questions on finding and vetting diverse suppliers, making the business case for inclusive procurement, setting program goals, building lasting relationships, measuring social impact, and more...

Advisory Board for Sustainability in Industrial Value Chains This board explores how to adopt sound environmental and social impact practices that positively differentiate your company from competitors and how to manage ESG risks and opportunities in global manufacturing value chains from supplier to end of product life.

Integrating Corporate Citizenship Through Your Supply Chain COURSE - In this course, tap into the hidden opportunity in your supply chain and learn to manage supply chain partners.

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