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Quality-Performance Reviews for Suppliers

How do you evaluate your suppliers? The stroke of a pen can make a difference with quality-performance reviews of suppliers.

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Ask Suppliers About Carbon Emissions!

"...computer maker Dell, which spends $16 billion a year on Chinese-made parts, said it would add a question about carbon emissions to the quality-performance reviews it gives its suppliers. "The total score is a big part of whether they get our business," said Dell spokesman Brian Hilton, who also said the carbon emissions would be worth two points, often enough to send Dell to a different supplier." Washington Post

Want to make a difference with your corporate dollars? Take a look at your supplier policies. How do you evaluate your suppliers? If you have them complete an application to get onto your "approved supplier list"...make sure you have a sustainable business section. And annual quality-performance reviews can also have a greener supply-chain impact.

Many companies are so busy staying in business that they haven't thought much about how they accept suppliers. After all, they, themselves have a difficult time with greening their operations...or their bottom line! However, as the tide turns (no pun intended) businesses have to look at their fundamental role in society.

Both the Kyoto Protocol and its parent document, the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change, acknowledge that developed countries have a responsibility to move first on global warming. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the cumulative emissions these countries have pumped into the air are responsible for rising global average temperatures, scientists say.

This problem with emissions has been going on for a long time...and it will take concerted efforts by the very segment of society that created them to find better solutions.

Your supply chain provides a long tail of impact. You are part of a supply chain for others...and when you both look inside your operations and outside to companies up and down your industry's supply chain, you can find ways to work together in better, more sustainable ways.

Just a thought to ponder before you take that hard look at what you could do better...if the most populated regions of the developed world get flooded, it could affect your market potential!

Motivation comes from realizing there's a disease...and that you want to make it better. Emissions are the symptom of our cultural disease. The cure is found in our choices. And the therapy will be solutions based on the policies we create based on our choices.

Well-thought-through supply chain choices give us power with the stroke of a pen.

Sustainable business and supply chain choices might include some of the following:

  • Low- or no-VOC chemistry
  • Local sourcing
  • Low emissions from operations, transportation, and facilities
  • Low water usage
  • Clean air technologies
  • Alternative energy
  • Heat recovery
  • Pollution prevention
  • Manual or low-tech solutions
  • Cradle to cradle product design
  • Take back and recycling programs



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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