Global consumer electronics manufacturer Apple indicated this week that the company’s ten-year old goal to have all owned facilities 100 percent powered by renewable energy sources has been achieved. While Apple deserves credit for this achievement, the scope of this announcement does not include major elements of its global supply chain.
Sustainability in Supply Chain
Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Four posting provides an assessment of our prediction for global online shopping platform dominance among Alibaba and Amazon, and that business self-interest would fuel continued supply chain sustainability actions and initiatives.
A significant development occurred in the consumer product goods sector, as one of the largest and most admired industry leaders came under the looking glass of an activist investor. CPG firms being targeted by activist firms is not a new development, but taking on the European based industry leader is noteworthy.
Diversified products manufacturer 3M conducted a survey among supply chain suppliers to hone in on current challenges related to the notions of supplier collaboration. What caught Supply Chain Matters attention was that important supplier collaboration challenges remain for procurement and supply chain teams.
Last week, President Donald Trump announced that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Supply Chain Matters urges supply chain leaders and their respective teams to re-double ongoing sustainability efforts in all forms. Such efforts are good for business and ever more important, essential for the future of the planet.