A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer. Supply chain activities transform natural resources, raw materials, and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer. In sophisticated supply chain systems, used products may re-enter the supply chain at any point where residual value is recyclable. (graphic from Online MBA)
Challenges present themselves at all points in the supply chain and range from environmental to social to economic, making the supply chain a major focus of sustainability principles and practices. A related special collection is Conflict Free Minerals here on EarthSayers.tv, voices of sustainability.
We have incorporated speakers addressing ethical sourcing in this collection.
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Network of Partners Drives Change by Patagonia's Rick Ridgeway
In this video, Rick Ridgeway discusses how networks enable partnerships in an interview at the BSR Conference 2013. Rick Ridgeway is VP for Environmental Affairs at Patagonia. Published on Nov 18, 2013
Patagonia partnered with NRDC on supply chain measurement of environmental footprint of facilities (mills and dye houses) as an example of cooperation and collaboration between NGO and Corporation.
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EarthSayer Rick Ridgeway
Responsibly-sourced Means Conflict-Free by Catherine Sproule
Being Competitive in Global Markets by Mathieu Lamolle
Industry Tools Addressing Conflict Free Minerals by John Gabriel
Solutions to Capitalism's Failures by Oliver Niedermaier (2013)
Ethical Sourcing Forum Interview with AMD's Tim Mohin
The Impact Sourcing Challenge for Inclusivity
The Responsible Supply Chain and The Sustainability Reporting and Communications Summits 2017
Sustainability and Raw Materials Sourcing by John Elkington
A Culture of Sustainability: Aveda by Dominique Conseil