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The Sustainability Journey

Corporate sustainability leadership: the journey

Successful business leaders understand that a thriving economy depends on a thriving environment, and vice versa. Your customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and potential investors are well aware that the myth of an “either/or” tradeoff between sustainability and profitability no longer exists. Now, more than ever, the world is your business.

Yet, while the need for corporate sustainability has long been proven, following a clear pathway to leadership — where your company’s business and sustainability goals are in alignment — can be challenging.

The Supply Chain Solutions Center roadmap to leadership can help you navigate that path.

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Sustainability 101

Sustainability needs to be weaved into your business, not bolted down. These resources will help you learn how to start the sustainability journey for your company.

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Level 1: Engage

The genesis of your company’s commitment to corporate sustainability, this stage is about getting informed on the issues, understanding the landscape (both internally and externally), assessing your areas of opportunity and influence, and discovering where you need help (and how you can get it).

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Level 2: Execute

This stage is about advancing and innovating across your company’s landscape — from your own operations to your suppliers'. It’s a multi-faceted process that ranges from building sustainability plans and proving the business case to implementing, measuring, reporting, scaling and beginning to take a public stand on issues and policies.

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Level 3: Lead

Leading on corporate sustainability means bringing your company’s business and environmental goals into seamless, transparent alignment. You’re accelerating environmental innovation, actively advocating for smart environmental policies, and advancing sustainable business practices to alter the landscape across entire industries and business sectors.

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The Sustainability Journey Resources

Filter by our "Sustainability 101" categories for a concise, high-level overview of Agriculture, Forests, Chemicals, Energy, Freight or Waste. You can also view all of the Engage (Level 1), Execute (Level 2) and Lead (Level 3) resources by filtering for interest areas that are relevant to your company.

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Webinar: setting science-based targets

Kealy Herman, WSP, discusses how to ensure that your corporate targets are aligned with current climate science and how to determine which approach is right for your organization.

10/31/2019

Webinar

What's next for forests (2020 and beyond)?

Hundreds of companies, organization and initiatives have set or defined targets to reduce deforestation by 2020. What can we learn from our efforts over the last decade that can help us achieve more impactful results sooner?

10/29/2019

Webinar

Supply chain leadership ladder 2.0

The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder is a maturity model that BSR has developed for companies to evaluate and evolve their approach to supply chain sustainability.

10/08/2019

Report

Webinar: quantifying scope 3 emissions

Theresa Eberhardt, EDF, discusses how to transition from goal-setting to implementation when quantifying your scope 3 emissions.

09/30/2019

Webinar

Webinar: how business is taking on climate change

AT&T and the DOE's Argonne National Laboratory discuss the Climate Change Analysis Tool, which enables AT&T to visualize the impacts of climate change on business operations 30 years into the future.

09/30/2019

Webinar

Supply Change deforestation resources

Supply Change offers an extensive resource library on deforestation that companies can use to understand the issue and make progress.

09/16/2019

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Safer chemistry for personal care products

Consumers have become increasingly concerned about how chemicals in their home and personal care products might affect their health and companies are responding. Here's why you should set safer personal care product goals.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer food through safer food additives

Consumers are increasingly concerned about what is in their food and are demanding safer products—all at a fair price. Here's why you should set safer food goals.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer food packaging

Food packaging can contribute to the migration of chemicals of concern into food. Here's why you should set safer food packaging goals.

08/22/2019

Guide

Chemicals in food packaging and handling equipment

EDF has identified chemicals in food packaging and food handling equipment where the potential health impacts from their migration into food raises serious concerns.

08/22/2019

Guide

Tackling contaminants of concern in food packaging

EDF has prioritized certain chemical contaminants in food for manufacturers to take action on.

08/22/2019

Guide

Prioritize your chemicals: A guide

EDF has created a step-by-step guide for any product sector to help you prioritize action on toxic chemicals to reduce your chemical footprint.

08/22/2019

Guide

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