About This Tool
This Supply Chain Sustainability Quick Self-Assessment and Learning Tool is intended to help companies take stock of their approach to supply chain sustainability, to identify areas for improvement by comparing their practices against peers and other companies, and to provide links to resources to help them make specific improvements. The tool is most appropriate for company professionals who already have a basic understanding of supply chain sustainability.
Objectives of the Quick Self-Assessment and Learning Tool
- Introduce key concepts related to supply chain sustainability to Global Compact signatories
- Focus attention on approaches, resources and examples related to managing supply chain sustainability
- Enable companies to quickly check their supply chain sustainability activities against the criteria developed by the Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group and against other peers
Limitations: This is not a risk assessment tool or a tool to evaluate your supply chain for sustainability impacts. Neither is it a detailed self-assessment tool. It is mainly intended as a tool to explore your company’s maturity in the area of supply chain sustainability compared to other relevant companies.
- Management executives within companies who are affected by or are responsible for the development and advancement of supply chain sustainability programs. This includes procurement or sourcing executives and individuals, as well as others, within companies that are at the beginning stages of supply chain sustainability
- Interested stakeholders are a secondary audience
Topics covered by the tool include the following sections from Supply Chain Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement:
- Vision and Objectives for Supply Chain Sustainability
- Establishing Expectations
- Determining Scope of Activities
- Engaging with Businesses and Stakeholders in the Supply Chain
- Assigning Internal Roles & Responsibilities
- Creating Goals and Tracking and Communicating Performance
How to Use the Results of the Tool
Supply chain sustainability is an evolving priority and field of practice. It is inherently complex and covers multiple dimensions, such as issue, industry, geography, time and tiers of sub-contractors. Therefore, any tool and approach will be incomplete.
The Supply Chain Sustainability Quick Self-Assessment and Learning Tool is intended to enable a high-level and strategic diagnosis of a company’s current supply chain sustainability management practices and to point to areas for increased focus and investment.
However, to take full advantage of this resource and to support continuous improvement, companies should consider the following next steps after using the tool:
- Analyze your company’s supply chain sustainability maturity compared to peers, based on using the tool
- Enter into dialogue with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to gather their perspectives on self-assessment results and priorities going forward
- Decide on your company’s ambition level and develop or further refine your supply chain sustainability strategies, plans or activities, as appropriate
- Explore collaborative initiatives that would increase the impact or efficiency of company policies and activities
- Consider enhancing your tool set by adding Maplecroft's Country Risk Calculator and Supplier Self-Assessment Tool or develop your own such tools1
- For an introduction to sustainable supply chain management, please refer to the Global Compact and BSR’s“ Supply Chain Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement”
- There are many useful guides, resources and initiatives to support companies on specific supply chain sustainability topics, many of which are referenced on the UNGC Supply Chain Resources website
- Further analysis and and reports on country risks relating to human rights, labour standards, environment and corruption are available (both gratis and for a fee) from Maplecroft, as well as the Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum, which explores 22 dilemmas businesses face in supply chains in emerging economies and includes case studies, resources and a very active multi-stakeholder discussion forum, developed by Maplecroft in collaboration with the UNGC and funded by the GE Foundation1.