Sustainable sourcing and SCM
Sustainability and profitability are not mutually exclusive. For the overwhelming majority of respondents (83%) interviewed by Roland Berger and BME, "economic calculations" are the main driver of their sustainability efforts.
After that comes customer requirements (78%) and the company's corporate philosophy (77%). For Schwientek, these results show "how rigorously sustainability is being implemented in purchasing, even today." The study revealed some regional differences in how mature the sustainability activities are: Western Europe is in the lead, followed by North America.
In Western Europe, 44% of suppliers are mature or very mature in terms of sustainability, in North America 32%. In contrast, South America, Central/Eastern Europe and Asia are currently in an early development phase.