Environmental Protection

Software Provider Offers Supply Chain Guidelines

Basware, the leading provider of financial process automation software, has released guidelines designed to help companies create green supply chains. These guidelines were developed for the growing number of companies that are basing purchasing decisions not only on the value that vendors deliver but also on their compliance with green initiatives and other key corporate values.

"Companies realize that an environmentally friendly supply chain helps them to fully support their corporate values, attract and retain key talent, and create goodwill among customers and prospects," said Jari Tavi, chief technology officer, Basware Corp. "Just as vendors have been required to be compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, they will soon need to achieve a certain level of compliance with environmental initiatives and other social responsibility imperatives."

According to industry analyst firm, Gartner, Inc., "‘Going green’ is no longer just a phrase. Future suppliers will need to be certified green just to remain on shortlists for enterprise consideration. The green movement will pick up steam in 2008 and change the way businesses approach environmental conservation. Strategic Planning Assumption: By 2011, suppliers to global enterprises will need to prove their green credentials via an audited process to retain preferred supplier status."

There are several key steps to establishing green supply chains including:

• Determining your organization's purchasing strategy. Companies should first identify and prioritize the purchasing criteria that are most important to them.

• Establishing good processes that are streamlined and flexible. This will enable companies to effectively implement the green policies that they are establishing.

• Finding ways to cut down on paper. By automating your invoicing processes, you can dramatically decrease your use of paper and gain greater efficiency and environmental benefits. Invoices represent the largest number of legally required documents in a company, and for every invoice, there are typically two to 10 times that amount of supporting documents, such as goods received, contracts, etc.

• Making purchasing democratic. Any system you implement must be easy to use to encourage user adoption. It is also important to put purchasing systems in as many hands as possible so that it becomes an organization-wide initiative to support green suppliers and other favored vendors.

• Recognizing and rewarding the true value in your supply chain. Price alone should no longer be the major factor in selecting a vendor. The value a vendor provides, such as quality and reliability, as well as adherence to corporate values, are key areas that companies should consider.

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