Advancing sustainable growth in the United States and China

Green Supply Chains and Operations

The Council established a “Green Supply Chains and Operations” working group to focus on how to further advance sustainable forestry and resource efficiency practices.

Sustainable Forestry – led by Apple and Vanke

Commercial agriculture and the timber industry are major drivers of climate change and deforestation globally. Given the importance of China’s role in global commodity supply chains, in 2016 the Council began its collaboration around forestry products and efforts to stop deforestation. Forest material is part of the supply chains of all Council members, and so the Council commissioned a white paper on global best practices (including those of Council member companies). The paper aims to help member companies develop a set of high-level principles around further greening their supply chains of forest products.

Working Towards Sustainable Forest Product Sourcing: Capturing the Value of a Sustainable Supply Chain

Resource Efficiency – led by Walmart

The Council’s work on resource efficiency began with Walmart offering to share its experience deploying the RedE (Resource Efficiency Deployment Engine) factory efficiency tool. RedE is a web-based platform that drives resource efficiency across both owned and supplier networks. Council designates visited the Hong Kong City Toys factory in Shenzhen, a Walmart supplier, to see how the RedE tool can help companies increase resource efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and save money. The tool generates customized resource efficiency ideas for users and helps them track savings opportunities in areas including electricity, natural gas, steam, compressed air, water, waste, and material yield. Several Council members are considering piloting the tool in factories in their supply chain. The Council also published a paper about best practices in factory efficiency and policies that will help companies to take further steps toward greening their supply chains.

Resource Efficiency in Supply Chains: Starting With Emissions Reductions