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GFSI’s 2022 theme — Delivering Impact for Safe Sustainable Food — inspired a panel discussion I moderated on how sustainability helps build resilient food supply chains. Panelists from Carrefour, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), and Organic Valley reviewed how their climate, waste reduction, animal welfare, and other sustainability efforts increase supply chain strength.
Some of the great moments from the panel discussion emphasized how working with key supply chain partners can reduce waste, increase supplier loyalty, and mitigate food quality and consumer safety concerns:
These were fantastic examples of (1) unique initiatives and (2) ongoing monitoring of sustainability key performance indicators (KPIs) in the supply chain. Both types of efforts (discrete and ongoing tracking) can be considered as parts of sustainable supply chain assurance programs. Given NSF’s experience in providing assistance with supply chain assurance strategies and assurance monitoring, we put together some tips (below, and in this detailed paper) on how to bring these efforts to life in your organization.
The panel discussed how any company in the food supply chain can facilitate beneficial efforts by using a sustainable supply chain assurance program. These programs maximize a company’s positive social and environmental impacts by developing a collaborative partnership with key supply chain partners. In particular, they fast-track innovative joint supply chain sustainability efforts. They also can be used to engage suppliers in the tracking and monitoring of sustainability KPIs for a company’s products and ingredients.
To implement a program, the first question is “How do we get the ball rolling at our company?” This critical step requires a “champion” at the functional and executive level to incorporate sustainability efforts with supply chain partners. Once an initial – even exploratory – commitment has been made in your organization, consider the following steps:
These are the broad steps, but there is so much more under the surface! Please do check out our paper for more information on sustainable supply chain assurance programs and our first post about the Key Considerations for Food Supply Chain Sustainability.
This text was first published on GFSI Blog.
Director, Sustainability Consulting
As a sustainability leader in the natural products industry and director of NSF’s Sustainability Consulting group, Lisa Spicka helps clients design and integrate sustainability strategies that address ESG reporting, climate action, and supply chain integrity.