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How a SC Control Tower or 4PL can contribute to sustainability objectives

Companies today have overall sustainability goals and supply chain managers are asked to develop strategies and plans to contribute to related objectives. If a business runs a Supply Chain Control Tower and/or has outsourced this function to a 4PL, this entity will play a critical role in achieving these often-ambitious sustainability objectives.

To support this contribution, the service offering, processes, and systems of a Supply Chain Control Tower need to be optimised in 4 different areas:

  1. Definition and monitoring of environmental impact KPI’s related to materials used, energy and water consumption, air emissions and waste

  2. Design of the supply chain, transport means and packaging materials and procurement of suppliers also based on sustainability considerations

  3. Optimisation of operational processes to improve transportation efficiency, among others by more dynamic planning

  4. Modification of systems to collect, use and analyse sustainability data

Here you can find a more detailed description of these sustainability measures.

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