CAPS Research releases supplier sustainability report

Report looks at how suppliers address policy and environmental management

February 13, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff

TEMPE, ARIZONA: CAPS Research has released a benchmarking report on supplier environmental sustainability performance, the third benchmark report developed for the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance. The report focuses on their suppliers’ commitment to environmental sustainability. Data was provided by 292 suppliers, of which 211 are non-manufacturers and 81 are manufacturers. The benchmark report looks at how key suppliers are addressing policy and environmental management, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy consumption, water consumption, waste and materials management, as well as innovation.

A majority of the manufacturers (73 percent) reported they have an environmental policy in place, and one-third of those who do not yet have a policy expect to do so within the next year. Only 44 percent of the non-manufacturers reported they have an environmental management policy in place, and only 27 percent of those who do not yet have a plan in place expect to do so within the next year. This data is consistent with previous years’ data, but overall there is about a four percent increase in both manufacturers and non-manufacturers who have reported their environmental policies are in place.

The report says suppliers, both large and small, will start seeing more pressure from their customers to implement an environmental management policy, the report said. Information on carbon management and environmental sustainability are being factored into supplier scorecards as companies are looking at their supply chains to help minimize their own carbon footprint.