Sustainable SCM – Exploring Value Beyond Cost Savings

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Nov 17, 2011 11:34 AM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

Growing business eco awareness and resulting business sustainability risk has provided business leaders with an evolved context from which they are now reassessing their core business functions.  As our sustainability consulting continuously practice scans this dynamic landscape for the most innovative thinking, we find that work in the supply chain continues to lead business sustainability progress.   A recent post, Don’t get Lost in Cost, explores the top line growth opportunity that can be accessed through sustainable supply chain management.  By expanding the role of the traditional procurement organization to an integrated and vital function within the overall pursuit of business sustainability, the drivers move from simply cost savings to top line drivers. As the article describes:   •    Sales Growth: means benefiting from supplier innovation that enhances new product development and accelerates time to market. Having a better understanding of customers’ procurement game plans also helps sales growth. •    Improved cost and margins: means establishing and managing a highly competitive external cost base for the company, and sustaining the alignment of costs with the company’s sales prices.  Click here to read more about sustainable supply chain management.   

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".