Effective ESG Strategies For Supply Chain And Procurement Leaders New

Net-zero emissions. Supply chain sustainability. Supplier diversity.

These aren’t just good-to-have goals anymore.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices sit at the heart of business strategy today as companies respond to new expectations of consumers, investors, governments and employees.

Enterprises striving for continued growth and cost reduction through operational efficiencies must also adhere to the UN Sustainability Development Goals, COP26 declarations and the 2015 Paris Agreement, on top of regional and local regulations. In fact, achieving sustainability and building business resilience go hand in hand.

However, when it comes to supply chain and procurement, enterprises face a complex network of priorities and expectations that can make sustainability increasingly challenging, because of:

  • A fragmented technology landscape that limits collaboration with the supplier ecosystem
  • A lack of skills toward embedding ESG in procurement and supply chain roles
  • Misaligned key performance indicators (KPIs) that overemphasize short-term business results
  • Low visibility and traceability across supply chain on ESG KPIs
  • Differences in regional ESG policies, priorities and cultures

True champions of sustainability know they need to go beyond the business to make a truly positive impact. But many organizations do not know where and how to start.

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Our Approach

GEP partners with leading enterprises to enable their procurement and supply chain functions to drive organization ESG goals across the value chain.

We execute best-in-class strategies and develop benchmarks for enterprises to become ESG leaders. We also provide the right technology needed to sustain ESG improvements and become more efficient while tracking and tracing results.

 

Out Approach

Why GEP for ESG?

  • End-to-End Solutions
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Expertise
  • Actionable Solutions
  • Diverse Leadership and Culture
  • Global Footprint

End-to-End Solutions

 

End-to-End Solutions

GEP offers consulting services, execution, and technology to help clients drive sustainability across their supply chains. In an area driven by reporting and public disclosure, we help companies baseline, track, strategize and execute ESG plans for faster progress.

Procurement and Supply Chain Expertise

 

Procurement and Supply Chain Expertise

With our long experience in managing over $300 billion in spend, eight million supplier relationships and analyzing spend of over $3 trillion, we have the data to draw unparalleled insights into how industries can make environmental and social impact across their supply base.

Actionable Solutions

 

Actionable Solutions

GEP goes beyond strategy development to support our clients with customized solutions through implementation. This is critical for progress toward ESG goals given the tight timelines and the public nature of goal setting.

Diverse Leadership and Culture

 

Diverse Leadership and Culture

As a minority- and women-owned organization, GEP understands the value that comes from diverse minds and backgrounds, and this is key to our ESG strategies.

Global Footprint

 

Global Footprint

Our teams spread across the world have deep knowledge on local and regional requirements and collaborate to share best practices and stay ahead of the curve on best-in-class ESG practices.

GEP’s Solution Offerings for ESG Improvements

Create a baseline and set ambition levels

  • Drive materiality assessments to define ESG priorities and develop implementation strategies
  • Embed maturity assessments to evaluate ESG performance and define ambition levels
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Execute ESG strategies

  • Embed sustainability across the four supply chain pillars of plan, procure, make, and deliver
  • Redesign operating models, develop new KPIs, upskill resources, and redefine responsibilities to put ESG at the core of your supply chain
  • Build and execute supply chain and procurement initiatives to drive real impact across the end-to-end value chain including partnering with your ecosystem
  • Report on progress
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Deploy cutting-edge technology

  • Enable full visibility of ESG KPIs across value chain focused on tracking and tracing performance
  • Embed ESG criteria throughout the digital procurement process to empower resources with ESG data without increasing the workload

Best-in-class ESG Practices for Brand Recognition and Market Leadership

  • Be Climate-Conscious

  • Be Socially Responsible

  • Embed Good Governance

Be Climate-Conscious

  • Achieve Scope 1 and 2 renewable energy and net zero emissions goals
  • Develop and implement Scope 2 emission policies
  • Measure and mitigate Scope 3 emissions
  • Build green real estate strategies
  • Develop end-to-end supply chain transparency
  • Assess carbon footprint with potential internal carbon pricing
  • Minimize waste-to-landfill
  • Create circularity in supplier management programs
  • Reduce and replace plastic packaging

Be Socially Responsible

  • Build a social sourcing program
  • Assess supplier base, execute for minority-owned businesses and enable diversity, equality and inclusivity
  • Enable small- and medium-sized enterprises to embark on their own ESG journeys with the right tools and support

Embed Good Governance

  • Assess ESG maturity and set targets
  • Analyze materiality and measure impact of ESG initiatives
  • Deep dive into categories to build and execute ESG strategy
  • Use a control tower for strategy, policies, KPI setting, tracking and PMO
  • Deploy ESG-centric software solutions

Our Track Record

  • Developed a renewable energy strategy for a $25-billion U.S. retailer to deliver $10 million in savings and an estimated increase in green energy by 35-40%, through a dynamic financial model
  • Partnered with a leading consumer packaged goods company to drive its bold sustainability-social inclusion initiative through three-year supplier diversity targets in indirect procurement
  • Designed a fleet electrification strategy for a $14-billion U.S. agriscience company with a three step-pilot approach and comprehensive guide for EV adoption
  • Partnered with a Fortune 500 manufacturing and chemicals company to optimize its warehousing supply chain network in Europe, resulting in a 23% direct reduction in carbon footprint and 18% reduction in costs

 

GEP GREEN

 

Talk to Our ESG Experts

JILLE LUIJCKX

Jille has 15+ years of experience helping clients maximize value from sustainability and decarbonization, achieving extraordinary results in cost and emission reductions for clients across various industries.

Prior to joining GEP, Jille worked for Accenture where he established the Energy & Sustainability practice in Europe and expanded it into a team of 350 people helping clients maximize value from sustainability and decarbonization.

NATALIE HENFREY

As a director at GEP, Natalie has led procurement consulting deliverables over a wide range of categories. She is an expert on procurement strategy and transformation and tactical cost-out across sectors and has end-to-end supply chain expertise with specific focus on supplier-facing activities and inventory.

During her 15-year consulting career in boutiques, mid-tier and Big 4 consultancies, Natalie has delivered global procurement transformation. She has redesigned supply chains for greater efficiencies, including a Greenfield project for a startup.