GEMI Launches Supply Chain Sustainability Tool


by | Jan 23, 2015

GEMIThe Global Environmental Management Initiative has launched a Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Tool, which aims to help procurement professionals compare products’ cost as well as environmental impact.

“The SCS tool has been designed as a guide to help support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement by providing visibility into CO2e and water impacts within a financial context,” says Bill Gill, assistant vice president, environmental affairs, Smithfield Foods and the chair of GEMI as well as GEMI’s SCS Work Group. “We believe it is the first tool to offer a portfolio view of the supply chain, enabling tradeoffs between impacts and across purchase categories.”

The first three product categories for this tool are paperboard container manufacturing, plastic film and sheet manufacturing, and soap and cleaning compound manufacturing.

The browser-based tool allows users to input spending across purchase categories, then calculates CO2e and water impacts and assesses alternative purchasing scenarios for each of the three categories, says Dr. Timothy Smith, associate professor, University of Minnesota who co-lead tool development and created the underlying science based models informing the tool.

Last month GEMI launched a toolkit designed to help corporations better address sustainability topics by communicating the value of sustainability to employees and using other internal means to achieve objectives.

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