Hardly any company records a carbon footprint – eCommerce Magazine

Although sustainability aspects are becoming increasingly important in SCM, the increasing relevance for most companies has not yet been reflected in a more sustainable design of their supply chain. This is the conclusion 12. Hermes barometer on the subject
Sustainability in supply chain management“, For which 200 logistics decision-makers from German companies were interviewed by Hermes Germany.

Sustainability: Supply chain management plays a key role

With the advent of the Fridays for Future movement at the latest, the topic of “sustainability” has returned to the public eye. 67 percent of the logistics decision-makers surveyed also believe that Sustainability aspects for supply chain management (SCM) are of very high or high importance in your company. In addition, 71 percent of the survey participants indicated that the importance of “sustainability” had increased over the past two years.

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The importance of sustainability for supply chain management. (Graphic: Hermes Germany)

A lack of pressure to act creates passivity

But even though the companies have recognized the relevance, there has so far been no implementation of a sustainably designed supply chain: the vast majority of companies (69 percent) have so far not recorded their CO 2 emissions. 65 percent of this group of participants do not plan to draw up a balance sheet in the future either.

The decision makers cited the main reasons for this passivity as the lack of customer demand (46 percent) and the lack of sustainability management in the company (26 percent). “In relation to the assigned relevance of sustainability aspects for the SCM, we would have expected that at least the number of companies that want to get involved in the future would be higher,” says Jan Bierewirtz, CCO and Division Manager Commercial at Hermes International, a division of Hermes Germany.

For example, Hermes International has been involved with leading logistics companies, shippers and shipping companies as part of the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) industry initiative since the beginning of 2015 with the aim of reducing fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions in ocean freight.

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Sustainability in supply chain management: on the way to green logistics

Only 19 percent of the German companies surveyed stated that they recorded their own CO 2 emissions – a first step in being able to reduce them. 55 percent of the “green companies” surveyed also support measures to neutralize CO 2. Around three quarters of these companies achieve additional cost and emission savings by optimizing existing processes. 42 percent acquire CO 2 certificates to support climate protection projects and 39 percent try to increase their energy efficiency in industrial real estate. “It goes without saying that no supply chain will be sustainable overnight. It is much more important to take many small steps in the right direction in order to fulfill your global responsibility, ”explains Bierewirtz.

Logistics service providers should advise

53 percent of the logistics decision-makers surveyed would like advice from their logistics service providers on how to reduce CO 2 emissions. At the same time, only 18 percent of the participants are willing to pay for the CO 2 emissions to be reported by external logistics service providers on their offers, invoices or in the form of reports. And only a quarter deliberately choose to use a sustainable fleet to improve their own carbon footprint when choosing their service providers. “These results reveal a well-known problem. The logistics and the associated services have to be valued again, ”says Bierewirtz.

Logistics experts such as Hermes Germany support companies in identifying and using optimization potential along the supply chain. As part of a holistic analysis, existing processes are examined and recommendations for action or concrete measures for increasing efficiency and improving sustainability within the supply chain are given. The Hermes barometer and further information on the topic of supply chain
Management and logistics 4.0 are in the Hermes Supply Chain Blog available. .

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