Reduce, reuse, recycle and
return will transform
the Future of Trade

With the decline of natural resources and the rise of social responsibility, more and more consumers are demanding ethically sourced and environmentally-friendly goods. Sustainable supply chains can reduce the impact on the environment as well as unlock opportunities to improve operational efficiencies. As various governments around the world enforce energy and resource efficiency policies; sustainable business practices will have the competitive advantage in years to come.

In 2016, 4,300 suppliers reduced their CO2 emissions by 434 million tonnes, resulting in cost savings of $12.4 billion.

Unilever and Tata Global Beverages have announced plans to achieve 100% sustainable sourcing by 2020.

In 2016, 46% of millennials switched from their favourite brands because they were not eco-friendly or did not treat workers well.

66% of consumers are ready to pay more for sustainable products and services.

Purpose-led purchasing is greater among consumers in emerging economies than in developed markets.

With the shift in demand for more sustainable goods, the production and trading of major commodities like cotton, iron ore, gold, crude oil, and wheat are expected to be impacted in the coming years. Changes are already being noted.

Only 15% of the global annual cotton supply is sustainable. Many major retailers and clothing manufacturers have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2020.

India has planned to increase its renewable energy from 61GW to 175GW by 2022.

25% of emissions from the industrial sector come from steel manufacturing.

Demand for steel is estimated to increase 1.5x by 2050.

To sustain a business,
you need a sustainable
supply chain

Industries are implementing various sustainable initiatives throughout their business model to ensure environmental consciousness, ethical compliance and sustainability.

Focus on sustainable supply chains is unlocking operational efficiencies and cost savings.

It is estimated that by 2020, 3/4 of warehouse management systems will be cloud based.

H&M intends to use only recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030.

Cause and Effect

By partnering with sustainable suppliers, ensuring traceability and enabling transparency, a sustainable future of trade will benefit consumers, companies and the planet as a whole. Results show that when businesses place ethics over profits, opportunities present themselves.

1/3 of consumers are now buying from brands based on their social and environmental impact.

PepsciCo saved $20 million in 2014 through innovative packaging. Overall sustainability initiatives has saved the company $600 million between 2010 and 2016.

Increase in consumer demand for green packaging will see the market for green packaging grow to $203 billion by 2021.

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