Sustainability isn’t just a fad. The theme is linked to a sense of obligation, being an urgency for all of us.

The search for practices that can impact the environment positively and promote conscious production and consumption will contribute to society’s well-being in a significant way.

For this reason, to guarantee a promising future, businesses must take a sustainable look at all their actions, including their supply chain.

This means considering responsible attitudes at all stages of the production process – including mainly the certification of suppliers and partners, along with the creation of long-term and trusting relationships.

This post is about how Supplier Management can help to face all these challenges.

Supplier management helps managing the company’s image

The supplier management process involves several techniques, which help to manage supply sources and understand whether they are in compliance with sustainable, ethical, legal and labor practices.

Particularly in this moment, all this is important to avoid negative impacts and ensure that brands aren’t associated with major scandals.

We have seen several recent cases of companies that could have prevented damage to their image, if they had done a thorough analysis of hired outsourced companies. That’s why it’s so important to choose suppliers who are aligned with your values.

Technology helps businesses to be more sustainable

Business sustainability depends also on how companies deal with their supply chains. Mercado Eletrônico, Latin American leader in B2B e-commerce solutions, offers various tools and solutions that allow start the deployment of sustainability, even in the simplest processes.

One good example is contract management, which consolidates all business agreements on a single on-line platform, and enables decreasing or even extinguishing the volume of paper that is handled on a daily basis.

Digital signature and its advantages

Digital signature makes the document validation process more practical and agile.

This on-line process allows businesses to save resources, as it eliminates the need of printing and physical storage.

Businesses are also freed from transport needs, as no papers must be sent to the involved persons.

Tiffany&Co. case

Tiffany&Co., for instance, started to submit the full journey of its diamonds to consumers, and to follow a strict supplier selection process, in order to comply with the rules of the Kimberley Process.

In other words, its supply sources don’t have diamond mines in areas of conflict, civil wars and human rights abuses.

Today, more than ever, we must understand that choosing partners aligned with brand position is the assurance of a clean image before society.

Having knowledge of who are the partners’ people and how they act is vital for businesses, so they can stay healthy and positively in evidence.


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