"This new GEMI supply chain sustainability tool was developed through a collaborative process by the GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) Work Group, the University of Minnesota Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE) and Climate Earth," said Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and the Chair of GEMI as well as GEMI's SCS Work Group.
"The SCS tool has been designed as a guide to help support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement by providing visibility into CO2e and water impacts within a financial context.
We believe it is the first tool to offer a portfolio view of the supply chain, enabling tradeoffs between impacts and across purchase categories," he
"The first three product categories for this tool are paperboard container manufacturing, plastic film and sheet manufacturing, and soap and cleaning compound manufacturing, and there is clearly an opportunity to expand that list," Gill
concluded, "This is the most recent tool in a broad list of tools and solutions developed by GEMI
whose member companies are global leaders in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business."