Supply chain sustainability is a holistic perspective of supply chain processes and technologies that goes beyond the focus of delivery, inventory and traditional views of cost. This emerging philosophy is based on a commonly accepted principle that socially responsible products and practices are not only good for the environment, but are also important for long-term profitability.
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In practice, supply chain sustainability can include projects to reduce energy costs and any form of waste as well as ones to apply “green” technologies within transportation and logistics networks. A larger shift involves a deeper level of collaboration with internal and external supply chain partners to reexamine delivery methods, products, packaging and measurement systems.