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Sustainable Investing Glossary

Supply chain management

Integrating environmentally and socially viable practices into the entire supply chain life cycle.

There is a growing need for companies to ensure and monitor the sustainability of their supply chain. If a company’s supplier resorts to, for example, child labor, this can result in reputational damage and costs for the company. Corporations therefore increasingly see sustainability in the entire supply chain as essential to long-term profitability. A sustainable supply chain can offer value creation opportunities and competitive advantages. 

Supply chain management affects the production process from product design and development, to material selection (including raw material extraction or agricultural production), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, distribution, consumption, return and disposal. Environmentally sustainable supply chain management and practices can assist organizations in not only reducing their total carbon footprint, but also in optimizing their end-to-end operations to achieve greater cost savings and profitability.

Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Sustainable investing
When less is more - making manufacturing clean, green, and lean
When less is more - making manufacturing clean, green, and lean
“Constraints have always been catalysts for catapulting innovation,” says Pieter Busscher, senior portfolio manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Materials Equity strategy.
04-08-2021 | Insight
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
We impose water and waste constraints on our factor credit strategies.
03-08-2021 | Insight
Engaging to improve labor practices in the post-Covid world
Engaging to improve labor practices in the post-Covid world
A new engagement program aims to improve workers’ rights and the poor labor conditions highlighted by Covid-19.
02-08-2021 | Insight