Climate Change is a Waste Management Problem. Sustainable Supply Chains Can Help.

Many consumers have no idea how purchase decisions impact the environment. In the words of James Thurber, celebrated journalist for the New Yorker magazine, “Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man”. Annually, the world generates 1.3 billion … Read more

Featured on Podcast ‘Building Business Acumen’ with Fellow IBM Futurist Nathaniel Schooler discussing Supply Chain Changes and Evolution

Download the podcast here ~> https://www.buildbusinessacumen.com/sheri-hinish-supply-chain-queen/  In this episode I have been joined by Sheri Hinish “Supply Chain Queen” and she shares with me :- The Latest in Reimagined Supply Chain, Sustainability, Talent Management, and Leading Transformations. For anyone in technology, purchasing and in particular business management it is important to understand the threats and opportunities … Read more

2019 Resolutions: Lead with Purpose, Buy with Purpose, and Design your Supply Chain for Zero Waste

In this video, I’m highlighting something front of mind during the holiday season…buying with purpose.  Buying with Purpose is understanding the handshake you making with trading partners upstream in sourcing and procurement, in harvesting and acquisition of raw materials, and delivering the promise you make to customers that they are buying safe, reliable, ethical products. On … Read more

Is Circular Progress in Fashion Moving Forward or Further Away?

The fashion industry fuels a linear economy with waste greater than $460B of value each year through unsustainable disposal of clothing (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017). Characterized as one of the most polluting and wasteful industries, it consumes 98 million tonnes in non-renewable resources, 93 billion cubic metres of water, and 53 metric tons of fibre … Read more

The Social Dilemma of Human Behavior & Sustainable Choices in the Fashion Supply Chain

Although the premise of clothing characterizes a rudimentary need (Yawson, Armah, & Pappoe, 2009), the intricacies and system dynamics specific to the fashion industry’s supply chain are far from basic (Amed, Berg, Brantberg, & Hedrich, 2016). The current state of the fashion industry is challenging because factors contributing to its complexities are uncertain and constantly … Read more

Unearthing Opportunity in the Linear Approach Toward Clothing

This analysis examines the interconnectivity between human behavior, industrial elements, and natural elements across the linear processes in the textile and clothing system. Using a systems-level perspective, it shows how biological and technical resources are wasted in material extraction and harvesting, the production of goods, and consumption or use by humans. The analysis of waste … Read more

Cradle-to-Cradle System Design: reflections by Dr. Michael Braungart

I wanted to share insights from Dr. Michael Braungart on circular economy. My focus this Spring in post-graduate work is centered on application of circular economy theory in supply chain optimization. In this passage, he describes the transition from linear processes to circular thinking wherein the total costs of product ownership and product’s lifecycle are critical … Read more

How Business Can Bridge the Gap to Solve Social Problems

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it … Read more

Moving Towards a Circular Economy

When you think about accelerating impacts and long-term solutions to current supply chain challenges that impact the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit), we need to adopt and develop sustainable frameworks with a holistic life-cycle perspective. There is a ton of innovation happening in the CPG space, for example Levi’s, Unilever, and PepsiCo.  Shifting from … Read more

Going Green or Greenwashing?

Sustainable, much like organic, is used loosely as a marketing ploy. More often than not, countless companies use a concept called “green-washing.”Green washing is when a company, government or other group promotes green-based environmental initiatives or images but actually operates in a way that is damaging to the environment or in an opposite manner to … Read more

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