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Environmental Metrics

Expand each of the following to explore examples of metrics used for measuring internal performance as well as that of new and existing suppliers on environmental standards and guidelines.  As with all performance metrics, timelines should be set and agreed upon by both parties.

Supply Chain Materials

  • Specification during design process of standardized, sustainable material and products, including the use of renewable, recycled and recyclable material
  • Purchasing recycled and recyclable materials and implementation of practices encouraging recycling and reuse     Increase in % of recycled and renewable materials used or purchased    Suppliers’ recycling efforts
  • Access to supplier information on chemical makeup of products purchased
  • Use of natural resources
  • Increase in use of renewable vs. non-renewable resources
  • Discontinued use of conflict minerals
  • Reduction of or elimination of forest products

Supply Chain Processes

  • Atmosphere Measuring of current and projected carbon footprint Reduction in emissions per person Year-on-year reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for entire supply network Programs to control or eliminate acid rain, smog, ozone-depleting substances, and volatile organic compounds
  • Water Reductions of emissions to water, such as pollutants and metal emissions Reduced water consumption Reduction in waterprint Wastewater disposal efforts
  • Land Emissions of pesticides and fertilizers, metal emissions, pollutants, and radioactive waste Soil degradation
  • Energy use and consumption Reduction in energy usage per person Decrease in year-on-year energy consumption Energy usage rates of equipment and facilities
  • Management of hazardous and solid waste Existence of formal hazardous and toxic waste reduction programs Reduction in use and volume of hazardous substances and waste Reuse, recycle, and reduction program Reduction in landfill waste per person Reduction or elimination of toxic by-products

Supply Chain Logistics

  • Packaging Renewable or non-renewable resources used to produce Designed to be recyclable or reusable vs. non-recyclable or non-reusable Reduction in packaging sent to landfill % of supply chain packaging waste vs. reusable Minimizing packaging volume and weight
  • Transportation Increases in load density Increase in fuel economy and use of alternative fuels Coordinating of inbound and outbound shipments Elimination of transportation modes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
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