Miebach Consulting: SCM Sustainability Arrives
November 13, 2020
though the corona pandemic has pushed many future topics and plans into the
background, companies are working on initiatives for greater sustainability. The
results of the study suggest that a successful turnaround towards sustainability
can be achieved if consumers first rethink and transform this new way of
thinking into action and demand.
Nevertheless, according to Thorsten Gensmer, Director, Miebach Consulting GmbH,
companies should not sit back: "Those who think ahead now and lay the foundation
for sustainable business activities can profit greatly from the newly developing
market. Collective actions with a complete cradle-to-cradle approach are
necessary for greater climate protection goals in the supply chain. The high
level of planned initiatives shows that this can already be worthwhile now!
These are the results of the current sustainability study by Miebach Consulting.
In mid-2020, the international supply chain consultancy examined which
strategies and measures companies are taking to make supply chains sustainable -
and to what extent sustainability and corporate goals can be combined.
277 companies took part in the global online study, including an unusually high
proportion of managing directors (18%), which illustrates the importance and
strategic significance of the topic.
The motivation for sustainability is tied to the idea of efficiency and cost
With regard to the most recent and the next planned initiative, the majority of
respondents cited an improvement in efficiency with an average of 14%, or a cost
reduction with an average of 15% as motivation. This is followed by topics such
as CO2 reduction (7%), green packaging or the reduction of plastics in general
(7%). Sustainable measures based on ecological or social motivation, such as
employee health and safety (1%) or environmental protection (1%), are rarely
in supply chain management is gaining in importance
The surveyed companies have implemented an average of 16 sustainability
initiatives in their companies. For the future, however, the surveyed companies
plan to almost double (+97%) the number of sustainable initiatives already
implemented within the next few years. This suggests that sustainability in
supply chain management will gain in importance.
High resource input and complexity discourage
In general, sustainable initiatives are considered less attractive if they
require a high level of resource input, such as the development of reverse
logistics, which is rated at just 4.2 out of 10 points. Even already complex
topics, such as network planning, which is rated 4.6, are perceived as less
important. Therefore, resource-saving and relatively simple measures are