Green Sourcing Is Spreading Across the Globe
Wilkerson was previously employed by Pepsi-Cola, Nestle Purina and Dannon Waters of
North America. He is a Certified Professional in Supply Management and Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. His functional expertise includes global sourcing, global supply chain management, sales and operations planning, and sustainable supply chain.
APQC: Why has green sourcing and sustainable procurement become an important topic?
John Wilkerson: Leaders at organizations like Dell, AT&T, P&G and the U.S. government
understand our future environmental challenges and potential long-term global impact on
business and consumers. These organizations now want their suppliers also to be socially
responsible and environmentally fit. So they are putting pressure on their strategic sourcing
teams to drive sustainable supply chain performance. Another driver is on the regulatory side.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued guidance to publicly traded companies,
asking them to communicate their sustainability risks. Public companies have to show the
environmental impact of their actions. For example, if you are with an organization that
depends on transportation and your actions are harmful to the environment, you have to
disclose that in the firm’s annual 10K statement. See more...