This article on Bloomberg Businessweek outlines some of the reasons why retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers need a standardized measurement and reporting system to accurately and efficiently address sustainability in the supply chain.
“Every year, Suzanne Fallender’s corporate responsibility office at Intel (INTC) receives dozens of requests from sustainability analysts and nonprofits looking to rate the company on its water usage, carbon emissions, workforce diversity, and scores of other factors. While some queries can be answered quickly from Intel’s annual sustainability report, others require further research, so Fallender prioritizes a core list of about a dozen requests and responds to the rest when she can get to them. ‘There are many, many ratings out there,’ she says. ‘More every year.'”