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Logistics Firms Move Towards Sustainability Checks on Supply Chain

Using supply chain scorecards to measure a supplier’s sustainability is becoming widespread throughout the transport and logistics industry, as companies such as DHL and Eurostar aim to lessen their environmental impacts, according to a report by sustainability information source Ecodesk.

The Ecodesk 2011 Sustainability Transport & Logistics Report features interviews with major logistics and transportation firms that detail each company’s approach to supply chain scorecards.

For example, Eurostar, which has had a sustainable procurement policy in place since 2007, now allocates 15 percent of a suppliers score to its sustainability. This year the rail company says that it will be “delving deeper” into the emissions of its 10,000 suppliers.

Delivery firm DHL has launched an energy certificate that measures the energy efficiency of logistics facilities. This information can be used to measure the company’s own environmental impact or to provide information to a potential customer.

Other firms interviewed for the report include Fujitsu, G4S, Microsoft and Waitrose.

A survey reported on by Environmental Leader this week has found that while companies are making sustainability integral to their strategy they are struggling to incorporate it into their supply chains.

The sixth annual McKinsey Global Survey found that companies in energy, oil and gas, mining and transportation industries reported taking a more active approach to sustainability than other industries.

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