Kathleen Shaver, the Director of Value Protection for Cisco Systems, used a post at sustainable Brands to discuss sustainability and the company’s supply chain.
Shaver writes that the company is tackling carbon reduction in its fully outsourced outsourced supply chain. Last year, she wrote, the company launched the Integrated Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program, which enabled the company to help its supply chain cut emissions. The long term “Scope 3” plan set the stage for emissions reductions forecasting and goal setting. In short, it is aimed at helping the company work closely with its supply chain to understand and to the greatest extent possible control the variables to emission reductions.
The ways in which big companies can help and some cases compel its supply chain – which often is comprised of dependent smaller companies – to cut energy use and improve sustainability is area of study and research.