The United Nations Global Compact defines supply chain sustainability as “the management of environmental, social and economic impacts, and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the lifecycles of goods and services.

The objective of supply chain sustainability is to create, protect and grow long-term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders involved in bringing products and services to market.” [1]

Why is a Sustainable Supply Chain Important?

  • ensure compliance with laws and regulations
  • adhere to and support international principles for sustainable business conduct
  • improve social, economic and environmental impacts 
  • act in the company’s own interests, the interests of their stakeholders and the interests of society at large. [2]

Sustainability has three commonly accepted pillars - Environmental, Social, Economic, or also often stated as People, Planet, Profit.  “Sustainability” cannot exist if any one of these pillars is missing.  However, this Knowledge Clearinghouse is meant to assist companies with improving their environmental sustainability.  It will be found throughout this site and its resources that the social and economic pillars are intrinsically linked and cannot be forgotten.  Yet, for continuous improvement purposes, you will find this site will assist you with improving your environmental impacts which will, in turn, result in creating social and economic value.