SSCLA Defines And Improves Environmental And Social Sustainability In The Supply Chain Space

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Below is our recent interview with Ronit Wolf from Sustainable Supply Chain Leaders Association:

Q: Ronit, can you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your organization?

A: SSCLA is an independent organization with the goal of defining and improving environmental and social sustainability in the supply chain space. It is formed on three foundations to support member companies in driving a more sustainable supply chain future:

  1. In-depth research to define sustainable practices for the supply chain space, their governance, and metrics;
  2. Collaborative learning between a cross-functional group of supply chain sustainability promoters and experts; and,
  3. Benchmarking information and data sharing to compare (and adopt) best practices

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Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?

A: We are super excited to collaborate with the 30+ committed members we have thus far.

Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering? 

A: Members can include different stakeholders in the supply chain space:

  • Cargo owners/importers/exporters
  • Carriers/ports/terminals/chassis pools
  • Tech providers
  • Freight forwarders
  • and more

Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?

A: Our plans are:

  • Short term:
    • Accepting new members
    • Define/segment working groups for stakeholders as well as group-specific meeting cadence
    • Research for a clear definition of sustainable practices for the supply chain space
  • Medium term
    • Virtual and in-person events (segmented by different groups) to create a unified and documented roadmap
    • Create and promote collaboration spaces
  • Long term:
    • Codification 
    • Data sharing
    • Educating on sustainable supply chains
    • Benchmarking
    • Compile industry news and trends

Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?

A: Environmental and social sustainability mean different things to different supply chain working groups. SSCLA will work to define and differentiate practices, methods and sub-goals for each unique layer of the supply chain:

  1. Vertical-specific 1PL sub-groups like coffee roasters, retailers, CPG companies
  2. 2PLs like ocean carriers and trucking companies
  3. 3PLs of all types
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