Code planned on greening the supply chain

A code of practice on assessing the environmental performance of suppliers is to be drawn up by Business in the Environment (BiE). Its aim will be to discourage every corporate purchaser from reinventing the wheel by providing guidelines on a consistent approach to supplier screening.

BiE's initiative is a response to the growing confusion in the marketplace which has been caused by the initial efforts of major corporate purchasers to achieve a "greening" of their supply chains. Pioneers in the field have included B&Q (ENDS Report 203, pp 12-15), British Telecom (ENDS Report 208, pp 22-24 )

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