Supply Chain Management for Environmental Improvement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers assistance within their Green Suppliers Network, a public-private partnership aiming to help suppliers and manufacturers eliminate waste, save money, and reduce their eco-impact.

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Axis Performance Advisors, Inc.
Axis' Booklets Greening Your Supply Chain, and Partnering with Vendors: Supplier Workshops for Mutual Gain, respectively, offer an overview on greening suppliers, and how to hold a first-tier supplier workshop to uncover ways of improving environmental/cost/quality performance across organizations. Both are available for a nominal fee in hardcopy or electronic form.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
- Supplier Environmental Management
- Suppliers' Perspectives on Greening the Supply Chain (2001)

The Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS). CAPS' research is aimed at executives with strategic responsibilities for the supply/sourcing/procurement effort.

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)
GEMI's Report, New Paths to Business Value: Strategic Sourcing--Environment, Health, and Safety (2001) helps identify the when, why, and how of addressing environmental, health and safety performance of suppliers and contractors, and understand how their products and services might affect your business

National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF) / Greenbiz.com
- NEETF sponsored a study resulting in a report, Going Green, Upstream: The Promise of Environmental Supply Chain Management. The report compiles research and interview results from experts and program leaders from diverse industries to identify program approaches, common challenges and strategies for supply chain environmental management (SCEM). The report covers case studies, reasons to undertake SCEM, implementation and integration, and measuring progress.

The Northwest Lean Networks - http://www.nwlean.net/mfg.htm#supply - Lean Manufacturing - Applying Lean Principles in the Manufacturing Environment. This website and listserv addresses the role that lean manufacturing can play in supply chain management.

Additional relevant publications:
- Standardizing Excellence: Working with Smaller Businesses to Implement Environmental Management Systems
- Environmental Mentoring: Benefits, Challenges & Opportunities
- How Supply Chain Management Practices Are Greening Procurement

Natural Logic, Inc.
In their business area of Strategic Supply Chain Partnerships, Natural Logic, Inc. has published Beyond EHS: Creating Value Through Strategic Supply Chain Partnerships. This research compiled interview results from EHS directors at a dozen major companies to gather perspectives on trends, concerns, leverage points, ant untapped opportunities in supply chain management.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- The Lean and Green Supply Chain: A Practical Guide for Materials Managers and Supply Chain Managers to Reduce Costs and Improve Environmental Performance
- Enhancing Supply Chain Performance with Environmental Cost Information: Examples from Commonwealth Edison, Andersen Corporation, and Ashland Chemical

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Virtual Supply Chain Management: A Re-Engineering Approach Using Descrete Event Simulation (by Shigeki Umeda and Albert Jones)

United Nations Environment Programme - Environmental Management Tools
Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Council (SCC)
The SCC is a membership organization, but offers resources and information to non-members as well. Their Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model is useful in standards or technology development.

United States--Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP)
Supply Chain Environmental Management - Lessons from Leaders in the Electronics Industry

INSEAD School of Business
Why Closed Loop Supply Chains?

MacLean, R., and Krut, R., "Thinking Outside the Box: Supplier Chain Environmental Management Brings Strategic Thinking Beyond the Factory Walls". 1999.

Roy, A., How Efficient is Your Reverse Supply Chain? 2003.

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