Carbon Disclosure Project Extends to Supply Chain

March 6, 2009
Companies and suppliers must collaborate for sustainable progress

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) extended their study of how climate change will affect global business and carbon emissions to include supply chain practices in 2008. The most recent report included results from over 600 global suppliers in 34 companies, and highlighted geographical and industry trends for managing greener supply chains around the world.

"Climate change is becoming a material issue for increasing numbers of sectors and businesses," says Frances Way, CDP Head of Supply Chain, "We will see heightened impact on industry from extreme weather events, impact of carbon prices and changes in consumer demand not only directly, but also through companies' supply chains. The level of engagement on this issue from some of the world's largest companies through the CDP Supply Chain process shows how it is now part of core operations for those companies with an understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on their business operations."

Collaboration emerges as a core message of the study. The report emphasizes that effective and sustainable progress can be made so long as mutual support between businesses and suppliers continues to exist -- especially as supplier margins are squeezed with increasing regulation and economic constraints. The result will be marked improvement in business relationships, internal capabilities, carbon reduction, and management of critical supply risks.

"Even in this economic environment, it's clear that worldwide enterprises need to recognize the importance of greener supply chain practices," says Mike Mayoras, RedPrairie CEO, "Learning to reduce carbon emissions not only promotes a healthier planet, but sustainable and cost-effective business." RedPrairie Corp. is the sponsor of the CDP Supply Chain report.

The new Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain report is available at:

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