Carbon Trust launches world’s first certification standard for supply chain emissions


Organisations working to measure, manage and reduce the carbon emissions of their supply chain will now be able to benchmark progress and gain recognition for their efforts with the world’s first independent certification scheme.

The Carbon Trust Standard for Supply Chain was launched in London today (30 September) in a bid to guide efforts, drive continuous improvement and recognise the successes of companies that are championing sustainability in areas outside of their own operational control.

Seven ‘pathfinder’ companies, including ABP Food Group, Aviva and Willmott Dixon, have become the first organisations to be awarded the new Standard, having collaborated with key suppliers to help them reduce carbon emissions.

Launching the new standard, the Carbon Trust’s managing director of certification Darran Messem said: “In most sectors the direct environmental impacts of an organisation are dwarfed by the carbon emissions relating to the products and services in their supply chain. As leading businesses get better at reducing carbon emissions in their own operations, they recognise the responsible thing to do is to focus efforts on where they can have the greatest impact.

“Large organisations often harness their procurement power to secure better quality or lower prices. But if they also engage and demand higher environmental standards, they can change the behaviour of both direct and indirect suppliers, helping them to become more sustainable.”

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