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Low Carbon, High Growth: The 21st Century Sustainable Supply Chain

 

Transitioning to a 21st century supply chain model, on the basis of closed-loop systems, multilateral connectivity and information sharing, will help equip businesses meet changing customer demands and achieve high-growth performance in a carbon- and resource-constrained competitive landscape. 

In this white paper, TCS and Xyntéo aim to map out practical ways key industries and business models can contribute to profits and lower carbon emissions.

We hope to support better business performance while contributing to cost-effective solutions to the pre-eminent challenge of our era: the creation of a low-carbon economy. We combine the results of joint research and analysis with interviews with senior industry executives and elaborate on the following:

The changing business paradigm: Supply chains and businesses geared for high-volume throughput are facing new challenges. Tightening environmental regulation, growing resource constraints and changing consumption patterns, all suggest a turning point in the way supply chains are designed and run.

Evolution of the supply chain model: The evolution of the existing supply chain model suggests that it has led to deficient sustainability performance, including high levels of carbon emissions. 

The 21st century supply chain model: The 21st century supply chain model, delivers high-growth, low-carbon performance and is capable of the following:

  • Enables connectivity and collaboration among various players in the supply chain 
  • Allows new types of information (industry-specific or sustainability-related) to be collated, analyzed and acted upon 
  • Empowers businesses to develop new capabilities in effective, innovative supply chain management

Growth opportunities with the new model: Supply chain sustainability will help businesses make progress in four key opportunity areas:

  • Product sustainability 
  • Product waste
  • Low-carbon logistics  
  • Reverse chain maximization

We highlight case studies of companies that have reduced carbon while increasing profitability by pursuing elements of the 21st century supply chain model. We also discuss how a new supply chain model reduces supply chain and business risks while delivering on sustainability.

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