Building sustainable supply chains
by Peter Searle

In some sectors large and medium sized companies are often reliant upon their supply chain yet few really embrace choosing to develop the smaller companies they engage. What are the benefits of engaging the with the supply chain?  

The web of interactions between suppliers and clients becomes ever more complex, yet some companies ignore the benefit that could be gained by interacting in a collaborative manner with the supply chain. They simply pass down conditions from the head output and focus on risk management and compliance.

Companies that have sustainable supply chains create value by understanding their context and issues. Typically, the types of engagement include:

  • Root cause problem solving of supplier issues
  • Joint problem solving
  • Building long term relationships
  • Treating suppliers as innovative partners
  • Upskilling the supply chain together in groups for economies of scale

Giving more than work to the supply chain is the start of building a sustainable supply chain.

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