Industry Topics

Sustainable Sourcing

One of the key imperatives for the food retail industry is to understand and move to sourcing sustainable products and packaging.  Sourcing more sustainable high impact commodities (like palm oil and paper products) and procuring products and packaging from suppliers who have implemented resource conservation measures and social responsibility commitments provide new opportunities for innovation, brand building, risk reduction, long-term profitability and increased consumer and employee engagement.  What follows are helpful resources to build your expertise and operations toward more sustainable products.

The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability

Working to increase sustainability throughout your supply chain can deliver a number of powerful business benefits, from greater control over risk and costs to realizing efficiencies and enhancing one’s own corporate culture. The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability, from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and its sister report entitled “Maximizing Benefits from a Sustainable Supply Chain”, lay out a clear case for why and how to really make your sustainable supply chains drivers of business success.

Decision Making Tools

  • Sustainability on the Shelves – A Guide for Category Managers
  • Keystone Alliance for Sustainability’s “Fieldprint Calculator”
  • Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops
  • Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy – Sustainability Framework

Certification and Education Organizations

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and Sustainable Palm Oil Platform
  • Sustainable Food Lab page on Ag and Development