I recently wrote an article for IBS America that shows how Unilever plans to execute 100% sustainable sourcing by 2020. Why are they doing it? To save money and reduce risk.
How will they do it? By requiring suppliers to meet recognized sustainability and environmental standards. Implementing management systems to track, improve and report are the only way for today's suppliers to stay alive. Those that cannot rise to the challenge will perish.
See the full article on the IBS America website at http://info.ibs-us.com/blog/bid/35543/Unilever-Goes-to-100-Sustainable-Sourcing-by-2020