This is a powerful call to action for companies to set the right example and drive positive change in the world we want to see.
I’m pleased Re>Pal is part of the solution for supply chains to embrace sustainability. To be able to drive change I think companies need to take action to close the gap on what sustainability means to their business, closing the gaps between strategy and execution; between global and local teams and between the marketing teams, sustainability teams and procurement teams together with the procurement priorities. All businesses can rethink their supply chains to become more sustainable, starting of course with product designs; designing in sustainability at the start of the product lifecycle, to make recycling, separation and collection easy. In the area that Re>Pal is interested in, within logistics and supply chain, the use of legacy or traditional timber pallets is a silent but huge contributor to deforestation. Timber has been cheap and plentiful and access to timber should become harder especially in Asia, where timber pallets are often unsustainably sourced. Using timber for a pallet needs a rethink across all companies. Some MNC’s including #LF Logistics, #Nestle, #Givaudan, #IFF and #Unilever, are doing this and are driving positive change using Re>Pal (100% recycled plastic pallets) in some of their supply chains. Continuing with legacy timber pallets as that’s ‘what’s always been done’ is not good enough. We must protect our forests and we must reduce emissions.Using 100% recycled, ‘zero waste’, Re>Pal plastic pallets is an example of innovation that helps drive change.
Transformation programmes need commitment from the top of organisations and sustainability mustbe included in any procurement brief; not just on a marketing flyer. Companies need to not only look at the short-term bottom line, as timber has often been a cheap alternative, but to build the world we want to live in they need to partner with innovative suppliers that can help with the changes needed and that can deliver lifetime sustainable value.