Supplier Sustainability Assessments: Using EcoVadis to Report on Performance

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Guidance on how to streamline your EcoVadis response and maximize your score. As supplier sustainability evaluation tools proliferate, WSP is being asked more and more which tools and frameworks to use and the reasons why. EcoVadis is one tool that can be used by customers to assess their supply chain and by suppliers to report on their environmental, social and governmental performance. This post will focus on suppliers responding to EcoVadis. What is EcoVadis? EcoVadis is a global reporting platform allowing suppliers to provide information on corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance to customers who request it. Through the platform, requesting customers can solicit many types of CSR information from its suppliers. During each annual reporting period, EcoVadis generates a customized questionnaire based on the supplier’s sector, scores each response, summarizes corrective actions and creates a CSR performance scorecard that requesting customers can access. EcoVadis provides a platform for suppliers to

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Moving beyond greenhouse gas inventories to energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies

With carbon reporting season in our collective rearview mirror, we look forward to this year’s CDP report and are reminded of the effort that organizations expend disclosing meaningful greenhouse gas (GHG) information and climate change strategies. Every year more and more organizations collect and report energy and GHG data through avenues such as CDP and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports. Adding to this, organizations are setting targets – science-based and renewable energy – in an effort to demonstrate improved corporate responsibility and improved environmental performance. The carbon inventory and reporting process yields significant amounts of useful information, but how can organizations leverage this momentum to achieve benefits beyond business as usual and accomplish meaningful sustainability goals? In our whitepaper – Inventory to Action: Moving beyond greenhouse gas inventories to energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies – we highlight the benefits of developing and implementing a strategic energy management program. The

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Sustainable Supply Chain Engagement

Sustainability now has been at the forefront for several years, and as companies have become more adept at managing their own environmental impact, they are beginning to ask their suppliers to do the same. Many companies have programs, goals or targets, measurement tools, and performance indices. But aside from broad programs, how do you truly engage your supply chain to mitigate impact? For most companies, this is a daunting task. Supply chains are often made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of suppliers who provide products and services that may or may not be mission-critical. Here are a few things to consider when venturing into sustainable supply chain. Do: Focus your efforts Chances are, the majority of impact in your supply chain is the result of a only a subset of your suppliers. By categorizing your suppliers by direct/indirect as well as annual spend, you will find that most impact

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