Sustainable supply chain planning will redefine progress on sustainability action. A sustainable approach to planning focuses on visibility over all physical and information flows at every stage of the value chain. Since supply chain planning is steering operations (procurement, production and logistics) and influencing other functions (supply chain strategy and network design, sales, product lifecycle management), adding the ESG dimension will enable planning to act as a catalyzer of the transition. This will ultimately contribute to making your company’s value chain more sustainable, resilient and future proof.
As with any other strategy and approach, alignment and business integration will be of utmost importance to determine later tangible and achievable targets. Companies must find out what is desired and feasible in terms of environmental and social impacts.
To make this happen and develop a target operating model and framework for sustainable supply chain planning, management and planners need to be involved from the start. ESG key performance indicators (KPIs) will need to be defined within this framework at the corporate level to enable reporting on sustainability within and outside the organization.
After the corporate framework for sustainability has been set, supply chain planners will need to derive relevant ESG KPIs (e.g. at product and location level) to be incorporated into their forecasts and plans. This means considering ESG aspects at the strategic, tactical and operational levels to prioritize, address and understand the topics and decisions that have the most impact for companies environmentally, socially and economically.