Sustainability Edge Solutions - Business Sustainability Strategies

Product Life Cycle Management

Product sustainability management programs minimize environmental impacts and enhance societal well-being, while ensuring compliance and proactive risk management.

Product life cycle management enables a better understanding of environmental and social impacts associated with a company’s products and services.  This leads to informed decisions for selection of materials, technologies, processes, product innovation, transportation options, and end-of-life options. Product life cycle management can also account for criteria beyond environmental issues, such as life cycle cost, health and safety or social aspects associated with the product life cycle.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a credible and accessible methodology that is used to compare the environmental performance of a product against a baseline, compare competing products, and technologies.

As a leading product manufacturer, you can improve and communicate your product and process sustainability performance to the marketplace in a credible manner, leading to resilient, scalable, agile, sustainable and profitable business performance.

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Sustainable Procurement Programs

Responsibility for the sustainability practices and performance within your supply chain, responsible sourcing and sustainable procurement are becoming part of the licence to operate. Business-to-business purchasers are increasingly requiring their supply chain to develop sustainable products and practices.  Suppliers are expected to report on their environmental and social sustainability programs as part of the procurement process. Suppliers who provide inputs to an end product or operational supplies to business-to-business buyers are facing greater pressure to disclose sustainability-related information.

As part of greening the supply chain initiatives, many purchasers conduct supplier audits and working closely with suppliers to improve environmental and social performance.  Transparency about all stages in the product life cycle and the business value chain is becoming a requirement for a sustainable supply chain.

At SES, we facilitate the development of sustainable purchasing, procurement and supplier sustainability management programs based on consensus-based guidance for leading organizations and industry sectors, developed by a multi-stakeholder group of organizations and experts in North America. We train sustainable procurement professionals how to integrate sustainable procurement criteria and processes throughout the value chain to manage upstream and downstream impacts.

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Environmental Marketing Claims

The proliferation of environmental labelling programs has generated confusion, hype and greenwashing in the marketplace. Vague and misleading environmental claims have led buyers and consumers to become wary of all environmental claims.  Communicating your product sustainability performance using proven environmental marketing systems based on international standards and practices will position your organization as a leader in the transformation of the marketplace toward responsible production and consumption.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is used to demonstrate the environmental benefits of products or services to customers and the marketplace.  The credibility and transparency of claims substantiated by scientifically derived data can increase sales and market share of environmentally and socially preferable products and services.  This approach is used to produce environmental labels, and Type III Environmental Declarations, as defined under ISO 14025.

We work with market leaders and industry organizations to implement best practices that fit the intent and audience of your business-to-business environmental marketing, based on recognized international standards and frameworks.