The Global Compact encourages signatories to engage with their suppliers around the Ten Principles, and thereby to develop more sustainable supply chain practices. However, many companies lack the knowledge or capacity to effectively integrate the principles into their existing supply chain programmes and operations. In particular, a challenge remains to ensure that sustainability considerations are embedded within all sourcing processes
To assist companies in improving their processes, the Global Compact and partners have developed guidance on how to take a more proactive approach to integrate the Ten Principles into supply chain management practices. In 2010, the Global Compact Office entered into a strategic partnership with BSR, a global business membership network and consultancy focused on sustainability, to develop an implementation guide and a learning assessment tool for Global Compact signatories
You can now download the guidance – Supply Chain Sustainability – A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement and A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement for Small and Medium Enterprises. For more guidance materials, please click here.
Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices
Global Compact participants are invited to login to the new website: Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices and share information about their sustainable supply chain initiatives or activities, including brief examples describing how they are incorporating and promoting sustainability issues and the ten principles in their supply chains. Examples can include how the company is managing supply chain sustainability internally, how the company is engaging with suppliers or in partnerships and collective action initiatives to promote supply chain sustainability. Organizations, companies and special initiatives on this topic that would like to share information about their sustainable supply chain efforts are welcome to submit them to the website. All articles will be reviewed and approved by the UN Global Compact Office and CSR Europe before being published.
The Global Compact has also launched a Webinar Series to help companies develop more sustainable supply chain practices.
Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability
The Global Compact Office has established an advisory group of participants and stakeholders to ensure that the guidance material developed is robust and addresses the needs of business. The advisory group provides input to the overall strategy of the Global Compact on this issue and the development of specific guidance material and other outputs.
The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability took place in Oslo, Norway on 26-27 January 2010. The meeting, hosted by Telenor Group, brought together more than 20 representatives of business and civil society. The advisory group is chaired by Mads Ovlisen, member of the UN Global Compact Board and Chairman of Lego.