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Supply Chain Conferences


What Do Your Jeans and Your Car Have in Common?

Did you know that making a pair of Levi 501 jeans, from cotton seed to finished garment, uses 54 showers' worth of water and produces the same amount of greenhouse gas as driving your car 78 miles? Neither did Levi Strauss & Co. — until they conducted an environmental impact assessment on their goods speakers told the fourth annual Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains Conference.


Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains Conference
Hau Lee: Benefits of Social Responsibility

Businesses can make money while operating in socially responsible and environmentally friendly ways. It just takes what Stanford business school supply chain expert Hau Lee calls the Triple-A approach—having agility, adaptability, and alignment.

Personal Touch Keeps Supply Chains Pure

Many organizations’ reputations depend on their supply chains, —suppliers that may be from other parts of the world or around the block. Keeping a personal touch with those suppliers may be vital.

Gap Urges Global Manufacturing Standards

Gap, the clothing giant, monitors 2,000 garment factories in 50 countries and conducts about 4,000 inspections annually. But today there is no single set of global standards, the firm’s vice president for social responsibility told a supply chain conference.

Practitioners Share Ideas for Upping Their Sustainability Quotient

Firms working to incorporate social and environmental responsibility efforts into their everyday businesses operations described some of their programs and experiences during a conference sponsored by the Global Supply Chain Forum.


Stanford Business School Conference Makes Case for Socially Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chains
A conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business made the business case for environmentally sustainable and socially responsible supply chain networks. The conference gathered executives, academics, NGO and government leaders to share best practice and insights. It is one of several new initiatives around environmental sustainability at the Business School. (April 2007)

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For HP, Environmental Responsibility Is a Competitive Imperative
Hewlett-Packard is finding that taking responsibility for reducing the negative impacts on the environment of its entire supply chain is “proving right for the bottom line of our company and clients,” an HP executive told a gathering of business, government, and academic leaders at a conference on building environmentally sustainable and socially responsible supply chain networks. 

Wal-Mart's Earth-Friendly Policies Must Also Be People-Friendly
Businesses can work to make their operations less damaging to the environment, but they also face the dilemma of sometimes making life for the poor harder or more expensive as a result. A Wal-Mart executive discusses the need to work toward both socially and environmentally responsible supply chains.

Being Socially Responsible Offers Opportunities, Says Nike's Hannah Jones
Businesses can provide a source for massive social change, Nike VP Hannah Jones told a day-long conference. Finding solutions to social or environmental problems should be viewed as a business opportunity. (April 2007)


When Disaster Strikes, United Supply Chain Efforts Can Enhance Relief Work
The time to help is before a disaster strikes, focusing on planning, building partnerships, and using the same techniques that supply chains focus on to keep factories running, said speakers at a seminar on Effective Disruption Management. (September 2005)