Responsible Supply Chain. Responsible supply chain - what is it about ? ›Responsible supply chain management refers to the integration of corporate responsibility.
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Presentation on theme: "Responsible Supply Chain. Responsible supply chain - what is it about ? ›Responsible supply chain management refers to the integration of corporate responsibility."— Presentation transcript:
Towards a collaborative approach ›Our indirect impacts are the most significant ›Tension between upstream and downstream impacts (perceived client demands) ›What is a realistic scope – environmental and social impacts – given the focus of international reporting tools and indices? ›Sustainable procurement must be embedded in decision making throughout the supply chain: from defining need to supplier management ›Are different models required for small vs larger firms? ›How can we tap into the key drivers for suppliers: certainty and economies of scale? ›Engagement vs exclusion Applying sustainable procurement concepts to legal services firms
Towards a collaborative approach Key issues/challenges faced by legal services firms Identification, measurement & verification of environmental and social impacts Contractual requirements Responsibility / Accountability Scope for influencing standards of supplier conduct Engagement with suppliers / knowledge of sustainable procurement Encouraging competition between firms on sustainability Understanding the issues Lack of existing systems to measure performance Tracking & measurement is difficult Ability to choose a lower environmental / social impact product Decentralised procurement functions Perceived insufficient leverage to set minimum environmental / social standards Reluctance to undermine relationships with existing suppliers Suppliers need strong consumer signals Both law firms & suppliers are often inexperienced in relation to sustainable procurement Awareness of the ways in which their suppliers are able to assist in relation to improving environmental / social performance & the process for engagement A perception that law firms' purchasing decisions are driven entirely by individual client demands, rather than by cultural and other factors Fear of public embarrassment if a firm performs poorly
Towards a collaborative approach LEADERSHIP IMPLEMENTATION CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Scope: from carbon to broader sustainability objectives, including social issues? Collaborating with other industries / lobbying for regulations / education? A common vision on sustainability for the legal services industry: what signals do we need to send to suppliers and clients? Guidance on understanding the supply chain and its most significant impacts? Developing best practice guides for sustainable procurement in law firms / policies and tools to measure supplier performance? Raising team capacity through workshops and seminars by leaders in sustainable procurement? Building a baseline: at what level is the legal services industry performing? Is an index tailored to the particular characteristics of law firms required? Monitoring progress by setting short and long term targets Engaging with major corporate clients as to how to improve sustainability and client service Some ideas for discussion in your workshop groups