Supply Chain Management for Environmental Improvement
Supplier Standards, Criteria, & Environmental Management Systems
In efforts to green their supply chain, some customers may expect suppliers to meet standards equivalent to their internal standards. Others may request that their suppliers implement an environmental management system (EMS) or become certified to other industry standards.
Many environmental standards and models are available, from national ecolabel certifications to international standards. One of the better known environmental standards is put forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), known as ISO 14001. "It is becoming more common for companies to include ISO 14001 compliance as a minimum standard in their procurement policies." (Reference: ISO Online).
Suggestions for Setting Supplier Standards and Evaluation Protocols
Develop and/or adopt existing criteria, standards, or management systemsExamples:
Decide what environmental criteria, standards, management systems, etc. will apply to which suppliers
Example: Will you use more rigorous standards for certain suppliers?
Develop an evaluation or certification plan and schedule
Example: See Supplier Evaluation and Certification
To ease the supplier's role, notify them well in advance, tell them why, and offer assistance, incentives and flexibility
Develop policy for suppliers and contractors that cannot meet your criteria