Impact of supplier sourcing on the environment
Supplier selection can have a knock-on impact on the environment, including resource use, waste generation and emissions. It is therefore important to make a good decision about which suppliers we want to work with, as the carbon footprint of our eCommerce business encompasses the entire value chain.
For example, the manufacturers or suppliers we work with may use renewable energy sources or work with fossil fuels, which contribute to carbon emissions and the depletion of natural resources. On the other hand, logistics suppliers may operate inefficient, fossil fuel-powered transportation methods that contribute to air pollution, and gas emissions or engage in practices that contribute to environmental damage, such as deforestation.
By selecting sustainable suppliers, eCommerce companies can reduce their environmental impact on the supply chain.
In addition, the growth of the eCommerce sector in recent years has led to an increase in packaging waste as products are shipped individually to customers. There are packaging suppliers that offer environmentally friendly solutions.
By selecting suppliers that prioritise sustainability, you will significantly reduce the environmental impact of your eCommerce. By choosing to work with suppliers that use renewable energy, reduce waste and prioritise sustainable materials, you will be contributing to reducing your carbon footprint and protecting the environment.
Here are the criteria you should consider when evaluating and choosing the suppliers you want to work with.