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TRANSPORT

Sustainable transportation concerns systems, policies, and technologies. It aims for the efficient transit of goods and services, and sustainable freight and delivery systems. The other approach to Sustainable Transportation is to emphasize broader access to goods and services, rather than just making mobility more efficient.

A business’ transportation requirements can have significant environmental and social impact. From business flights, employee commuting, freight and delivery systems. Movement of goods causes emissions, leaks, air pollution water pollution and exhaustion.

Actions toward sustainability can be achieved through simple ways to start such as fleet management and reducing travel frequency by using phone calls and the internet to communicate. For shipping and freight, consider shipping companies that are eco-efficient or recognized, review your shipping and delivery practices for instance reducing the amount of paperwork involved. Deliveries can be scheduled for off peak hours to avoid the traffic. This saves time and fuel. Consolidations of shipments can also be done to reduce shipping related logistics.

Logistics and supply chain management

Sustainability drives efficiency – and this is particularly true in supply chain logistics. You don't have to sacrifice profitability to achieve sustainable logistics; the two go hand-in-hand. Reaching this vision however, requires partnerships and collaboration as one company cannot do it alone.

Sustainable supply chain management involves integrating environmentally and financially viable practices into the complete supply chain lifecycle, from product design and development, to material selection, (including raw material extraction or agricultural production), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, distribution, consumption, return and disposal. Environmentally sustainable supply chain management and practices can assist organizations in not only reducing their total carbon footprint, but also in optimizing their end-to-end operations to achieve greater cost savings and profitability. All supply chains can be optimized using sustainable practices.

Sustainability in the supply chain encapsulates a number of different priorities:

  • Environmental stewardship
  • Conservation of resources
  • Reduction of carbon footprint
  • Financial savings and viability
  • Social responsibility

Supply chain sustainability practices, in order to succeed, must deliver improved environmental performance within a financially viable operating construct.

Sustainable supply chains are a win-win situations because it is a cost-saving /waste-reduction efficiency-increasing and communication strategy, retail partners benefit from this as well because it is cheaper for them. This all-win scenario means that sustainable supply chains is not difficult to communicate with business partners.

The key is collaboration. Working with retail partners and logistics suppliers to achieve real progress by removing, not transferring, costs and complexity behind the scenes. The important factor is to understand the priorities on both sides and to work with them toward a joint vision. It also brings a balance needed between long term aspirations and short term demands.

Sustainability is both a responsibility and an opportunity to secure the future of our businesses and society. We need to embrace a 'do and learn' mindset and be willing to invest now for future gain—it is good supply chains and good business. There is no compromise between sustainable logistics and sustainable profitability, so no argument not to do it.

News

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Tools

Publications

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Practical Examples

  • Koneksie

    Koneksie is a company that focuses on solutions for social problems in emerging countries. They have developed new and better Read More
  • Matatu Crew Route 23/30 Waiyaki Way

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  • Ecocabs

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Networks

  • WBCSD

    This organization aims in creating businesses that are inclusive in order to galvanize the global business community by expanding access Read More
  • SEA (Sustainable Entreprenuer Award)

    SEA focuses on business that have lucrative business models that have solutions to corporate problems in order to enhance sustainable Read More
  • SNV

    SNV provides access to advisory services, promotes the development and brokering of knowledge and support policy dialogue at the national Read More
  • Bio-innovate Africa program

    This program emphasis on the use of modern biosciences to improve crop productivity and resilience to climate change in small-scale Read More
  • SEED Africa Symposium

    The Seed Africa Symposium is an international forum that enables investors, policy makers, business leaders and practioners to examine emerging Read More
  • Inclusive Business Accelerator

    This is an open innovation platform that connects social innovators, business coaches, impact investors and advisories to find the right Read More
  • Kenya Flower Council

    Kenya Flower Council (KFC) is a voluntary association of independent growers and exporters of cut-flowers and ornamentals, formed in 1996, Read More
  • Kenya Healthcare Federation

    Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) is the health sector representative for the Kenya Private Sector Alliance. KHF is dedicated to engaging Read More
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