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Most Read Supply Chain Stories of 2012

With 2012 in the books, it’s a good time to look back at the stories that struck a chord with our executive readership. Every day this week we’ll be looking at a different aspect of environmental and sustainability management and counting down the top stories that grabbed your attention this year. Today’s topic: supply chains.

Here are Environmental Leader’s top 15 supply chain stories for 2012, based on reader interest:

15. Survey: Sustainability an ‘Important Factor’ in Supply Chain Choices

Seventy-two percent of US companies say sustainability influences their purchasing decisions and is an important factor when selecting a service provider, according to a survey by cloud computing firm Rackspace Hosting. Outside of the US, 91 percent of companies said sustainability has been built into their purchasing decisions on either a periodic or standard basis…

14. Walmart Sustainability Report: Supplier Scorecards to Launch in 100 Categories this Year

In its 2012 Global Responsibility Report, Walmart said it expected to develop supplier scorecards in up to 100 major product categories by the end of this year, in the latest stage of development for its Sustainability Index. The move follows efforts last year to integrate the index into Walmart’s business…

13. PwC Report: Materials Shortage Threatens Manufacturing

Seven core manufacturing industries – including the renewable energy sector – could be seriously affected by a shortage of minerals and metals, which could disrupt entire supply chains and economies, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers…

12. Sustainability to Dominate Packaging Industry in 10 Years

Sustainability will replace cost as one of the packaging industry’s major challenges within 10 years, according to a study conducted by Packaging World and DuPont. The report also suggests that to effectively implement sustainable packaging changes, companies should start with life cycle assessment of their current packaging, and should follow this by adjusting ongoing supply chain planning…

11. Ikea Accused of Logging Old-Growth Forests

A subsidiary of furniture retailer Ikea is logging old-growth forests and other high conservation value forests in western Russia, according to the Global Forestry Coalition. GFC – an alliance of NGOs from more than 40 countries – alleges that Ikea’s wholly owned logging subsidiary Swedwood has been clear-cutting forests in high biodiversity value areas and logging very old trees in parts of the Russian Karelia region…

10. Dole Accused of Environmental Destruction, Greenwashing

A lawsuit filed against Dole Food accuses the fruit and vegetable company of misleading consumers about the sustainability of banana-growing practices at a contractor’s plantation in Guatemala…

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