Today’s corporations are managing a wide variety of expectations from government authorities, customers, consumers, investors, and public interest groups. Among these are demands that companies address growing concerns about environmental sustainability and corporate social practices. Examples include natural resources and raw material sourcing, land use, renewable energy, designing products for reuse and recycling, labor practices in developing countries, “fair pay,” human rights, and “conflict minerals.” These expectations are fundamentally changing the scope of business accountability, brand and corporate equity, and enterprise risk management.
The Sustainable and Socially Responsible Purchasing (SSRP) Council brings together a select group of senior executives who are addressing these trends. “Hot topics” include:
- How are governments, customers, investors, and public interest groups promoting SSRP?
- What is the scope and goal of SSRP for business? What are the challenges and opportunities?
- How are companies organizing to address SSRP trends, and integrating them into business processes?
- How are SSRP trends affecting supplier and customer relationships?
- What are the impacts on enterprise risk management? On corporate governance?
- How are companies assessing/auditing their own and supplier SSRP practices? How are they measuring and improving performance?
- How are companies collaborating across business sectors and supply chains, and with stakeholders?
Program Director, Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs Council and Sustainable & Socially Responsible Purchasing Council