At last year's FM Supplier day, held by the Supply Chain SustainabilitySchool, Several of our customers, Interserve, Skanska and Bidfood, were presenting on their improvement initiatives in regards to corporate sustainability. These companies all have strong strategies striving to embed a sustainable culture – making sustainable practice part of their day-to-day business processes. A strong message of the day was ‘Sustainable practice is good business sense.’ Many companies have already jumped onto the sustainability bandwagon because of the shot in the arm it gives to ROI, reputation and the quality of the supply chain.
The business game has changed. In order to be seen as an organisation with world class supply chain management companies must not only focus on creating a quality product, but must also demonstrate that their business practices have social responsibility as one of their core values.
Consumers have become a lot more discerning concerning the products they choose and the companies they buy from. Just as Nestle seems to be a company many socially conscious consumers stay away from, the opportunity is there for companies to become a sustainability titan consumers run to.