alan-braithwaiteOver the last 40 years global supply chains have evolved to create and sustain growth and demand through their economic scale – delivering both lower costs and superior value. Without doubt this has contributed to global warming, pollution, environmental damage and longer term material shortages. It has also generated deep social concerns about the ethics of working conditions, child labour and economic exploitation. Sustainability is the “catch-all” term for repairing the negative impact of economic ‘progress’ over the last 40 years.

In today’s world, sustainability is becoming all important and companies need to proactively reduce their carbon footprint and waste, minimise financial risk and develop socially responsible values into their supply chains. In the words of Sir Rod Eddington, in his report to UK Government: “this is not a choice between being ‘rich and dirty’ or ‘poor and green’ – with the right design it will be possible to be ‘green and rich enough’.”

LCP Consulting, a leading specialist in customer-driven supply chain management, has practical experience of working with a range of food and drink clients on sustainability projects. Its experience has identified that the process of understanding the end-to-end supply chain, taking a business view of sustainability and linking cost and carbon, always identifies substantial potential to redefine the chain and make efficiency gains. Whether these be through reduced cost, emissions or waste.

Professor Alan Braithwaite, Chairman of LCP Consulting, and Dan Knivett, Senior Consultant, LCP will address delegates of the Food & Drink Logistics Show on 21st March at 13.00. They will explain what has shaped today’s supply chains and discuss how food and drink companies can evaluate how to measure and improve the sustainability of their supply chains. They will also demonstrate how companies can apply the five supply chain maxims to improve performance and achieve sustainability, and give practical examples of where the deployment of a specific toolset has identified clear opportunities and benefits to help food and drink companies make real business decisions.

A number of practical examples will be described, including using Carbon-to-Serve® with an international drinks company to identify the whole supply chain footprint, and to compare the carbon impacts of shipping in bulk and of using different bottling material in the final market.  This showed a carbon reduction potential of more than 60% and the opportunity to reduce costs and service markets better.

LCP Consulting has over 20 years’ experience in customer-driven supply chain management. Specifically, the consultancy identifies where supply chains make major contributions to how businesses operate profitably and compete effectively. LCP supports businesses review, re-design and implement changes to end-to-end operations. Its fact-based diagnostics pin point exactly where and how to cut costs, enhance operational efficiency and invest for the future.

LCP Consulting is a member of the Green Logistics Consultants Group, which is an international collaborative network of supply chain consultants who focus on improving the environmental performance of supply chains.

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