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In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Acquisti & Sostenibilità's Luca Guzzabocca to share some insights from recent benchmarking research into the sustainability supply chain performance of large businesses.
The Sustainable Supply Chain Review by Acquisti & Sostenibilità has been publishing since 2008 with the aim to analyse, measure and evaluate the efforts of worldwide enterprises in terms of sustainable and responsible supply chains regardless of their size, economic sector and geographical footprint.
The review is a key benchmarking reference for all the enterprises which would start, review, develop and improve their initiatives and projects as far as sustainability supply chains and suppliers co-operation concerned. The 2014 edition, the seventh rolling edition since 2008, represents a significant step forward.
33 are the evaluation factors adopted, in order to accurately assess the various aspects which we use to assign a rating to the "maturity" level of the supply chain sustainability, classifying them into four categories of decreasing importance: Fundamental (F), Qualifying (A), Procedural (P) and Implementing (I).
In this latest iteration, instead of the usual scope including the Italy-based enterprises (almost 80), we enlarged the scope to international enterprises reaching the final number of 430 publishing the 2013 Sustainability report, of which 312 in Europe, 63 in North America, 29 in Asia, 19 in Africa, 5 in Oceania and 2 in South America.
More than 30 economic sectors and 40 countries have been involved in the study.
Here are some key findings:
The abstract of SSCR2014 is available here.
Luca Guzzabocca is co-founder and chairman of Acquisti & Sostenibilità. He is former director of procurement, logistics, HSE, security management at Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.