Working with suppliers

We recommend signatories use the outline below to guide their efforts, starting with the area that makes most sense for your emissions profile. This is not a precise order so much as a suggestion of the different activities that would support you and ideas for how you can keep progressing.

What are the requirements?

2017 Statement – minimum commitments

To work with your suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • This commitment incorporates your entire value chain (i.e. from suppliers to customers), and signatories should focused their efforts where they have the most impact.
  • The minimum requirement is to be doing something, but we expect signatories to develop their efforts in this area year-on-year.

2019 Statement – additional commitments

To proactively support your suppliers to reduce their emissions.

  • As for the 2017 Statement, signatories are expected to progressively increase their engagement across their value chain, focusing efforts in the most material areas.
  • Proactive support will be different for each signatory but requires active engagement rather than simply a tick-box or policy.

CLC Recommendations

We recommend signatories use the outline below to guide their efforts, starting with the area that makes most sense for your emissions profile. This is not a precise order so much as a suggestion of the different activities that would support you and ideas for how you can keep progressing.

  • Measure/estimate value chain emissions and identify material sources.
    • Consider creating a ‘heat map’ of your supply chain, following ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement guidance. While CLC obviously focus on emissions, it makes sense to do this as a wider review of your supply chain to identify other risks and opportunities.
  • Engage with supply chain to measure their emissions if not already doing so and about their reduction plans.
    • This will be different for each supplier, and you might be asking some to start on the journey while others can provide you with their fully developed plan.
    • Agree a cut-off for the materiality of the suppliers you engage with, start with the most material and consider how far it makes sense to go.
  • Where relevant, engage directly with value chain to explore solutions to material emission sources.
    • Direct partnership to tackle emission sources can have fantastic impact. Examples include supporting contractors to access electric vehicles; creating product or packaging stewardship schemes; or supporting customers to access low carbon solutions.
  • Develop supply chain emissions reporting over time, to use more measured data from suppliers and reduce the estimates, focusing on the material areas.
  • Review your supply chain management – procurement policies, tender documents, contracts, supplier code of conduct etc – and look at where you can build in requirements for emissions reporting and reduction.
    • This will vary by supplier and the materiality of the supply chain area. You might introduce contractual requirements for emissions reduction in your most material areas, and just encourage reporting in other areas.

What resources are available?

Sustainable Procurement: SBC Quick Guide
This guide supports the incorporation of sustainability into your purchasing decisions and relationships with suppliers.

CLC Emissions Value Chain Case Studies:
The CLC Case Studies provide examples of other companies who have been working to reduce emissions across their supply chain.