Supply chain firms reluctant to ‘green-up’

Speaking at the Green Logistics Workshop held recently in Shanghai, Tony Wines, Turnkey Solutions managing director, said that Hong Kong official statistics show a high level of emissions and health issues related to pollution, but many smaller local firms are apathetic when it comes to applying best practices in creating sustainability programmes related to the […]


Speaking at the Green Logistics Workshop held recently in Shanghai, Tony Wines, Turnkey Solutions managing director, said that Hong Kong official statistics show a high level of emissions and health issues related to pollution, but many smaller local firms are apathetic when it comes to applying best practices in creating sustainability programmes related to the supply chain.

“However, it is encouraging to see multinational companies like Kuehne + Nagel implementing measurement of carbon footprint,” said Wines, whose company provides Enterprise-level, comprehensive functional testing products and services for ERP, CRM and custom software application environments.

Environmental and green practices have to be part of the overall business processes if such initiatives are to succeed, and more firms have to be willing to participate in best practices sustainable programmes, Wines said.

Organisations should look at including environmentally practices in the company’s long term business plans, but instead, relatively few do it, he said adding that they should look at the overall matrix and also put into placee-commerce activities.

Need for sustainability
Turloch Mooney, editor of Supply Chain Asia Magazine who was acting as moderator of the Green Logistics Workshop, said green logistics needs to be effective and sustainable, and it should also influence business products and services as well as be attractive to consumers.