Small-to-Mid-sized Enterprises Step Up their Supply Chain Sustainability Games (.PDF Download)

Nov. 1, 2021
A force to be reckoned with, many of the nation’s nearly 31.7 million SMBs are doing their part to make their supply chains more sustainable.

The news headlines are filled with the advances large corporations are making on the environmental sustainability front: Starbucks is storing more carbon than it emits, fully eliminating waste, and replenishing more water than it uses; Unilever sourced 62% of its raw materials from sustainable sources in 2019, and is now using artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies to get to the point where all materials come from 100% sustainable sources; and Walmart’s Project Gigaton is working to avoid the emissions of 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas throughout its value chain.

These are just a few examples of large-enterprise initiatives, but small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are also throwing their hats into the sustainability ring. Defined by Gartner as companies that have 100 or fewer employees (for a small business) or between 100-999 employees (for a mid-sized firm), SMBs typically have either less than $50 million in annual revenues (for small companies) or somewhere between $50 million and $1 billion in revenues (for a mid-sized organization).

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