Top 10 largest sustainable supply chains worldwide
Supply Chain Digital counts down the top 10 largest supply chains based on the company’s individual supply chain initiatives, according to CDP Global Supply Chain report.
10 | Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC)
Founded in 1987, TSMC has become a leading manufacturer of discrete semiconductor components and is the world’s first dedicated semiconductor foundry. With the aim of becoming a practitioner in green power, TSMC carried out 667 projects in energy and water conservation to achieve a long-term target of 20% renewable energy for the entire company. In 2018, TSMC purchased 880GWh of renewable energy which was the largest amount bought in the Taiwan semiconductor industry. As part of its continued sustainability drive, all overseas sites now use 100% renewable energy as of the end of 2018.
HQ: Hsinchu, Taiwan
No. of Employees: 48,000
Revenue: US$33bn (2018)
Chief Procurement Officer: J.K. Lin
9 | Sodexo
Sodexo, the international food services and facilities management company, serves more than 100mn consumers every day and provides more than 100 different services to 72 countries. The company’s solutions include food and catering, property and technical services, benefits and rewards as well as home care services. Having established a “Better Tomorrow 2025” roadmap, Sodexo has made a commitment to reducing all carbon emissions produced in the UK and Ireland by 2025. This promise is in collaboration with a continued review of how to improve its approach to energy and observing the impact of its use.
No. of Employees: 460,000 (2018)
Revenue: US$24bn (2018)
Chief Procurement Officer: Francois Blanckaert
8 | Microsoft
The technology giant develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. As part of its sustainability strategy, Microsoft aspires to create a sustainable future by empowering every person and organisation in the world to thrive in a resource-constrained world. Microsoft is focused on four critical areas to develop a sustainable future with artificial intelligence projects underway in the areas of climate, agriculture, biodiversity and water. The company aims to reduce carbon emissions by 75% through continued carbon neutrality and energy investments and commitments. Microsoft has pledged $50mn in enabling cloud and AI tools to help solve global environmental challenges.
No. of Employees: 144,000 (Worldwide 2019)
Revenue: US$110bn (2018)
Chief Procurement Officer: Mike Simms
7 | NRG Energy
Considered the US’s leading integrated competitive power generator, NRG Energy has a broad sustainability strategy that features five key pillars, sustainable: business, operations, customers, suppliers and workplace. NRG Energy embeds sustainability into the culture and fabric of the business to ensure that it becomes a core function of how the firm operates. Serving around 3.1mn customers, the company is 73% of the way to its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target and has reduced 7% of its revenue carbon intensity since 2014.
No. of Employees: 4,900 (2019)
Revenue: US$10bn (2018)
Chief Procurement Officer: Chris Haas
6 | Sky
As one of Europe’s leading entertainment and communications companies, Sky serves more than 22mn customers across five countries. Through its Responsible Business Sky strategy, the company considers the environment in every initiative it undertakes. Focusing its attention on energy, travel, waste and water, it has worked in the UK & Ireland to achieve nine key goals for 2020. Having already accomplished a 55% reduction in its carbon intensity, Sky has met its target for fuel efficiency across its fleet and now seeks to achieve zero carbon across its value chain by 2050.
HQ: Osterley, London
No. of Employees: 31,000 (2019)
Revenue: GBP 13.6bn
Chief Procurement Officer: Giles Harvey
5 | Tokyo Gas
Established over 130 years ago, Tokyo Gas is recognised as the largest gas utility company in Japan and serves over 11mn gas customers. The firm is used to setting an example for rivals to follow as it became the first organisation in Japan to introduce and propagate the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), integrate large-scale combined heat and power (CHP) and advertise the development and use of residential fuel cells.
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
No. of Employees: 17,000
Chief Procurement Officer: Koki Hayakawa
4 | Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce designs, manufactures and distributes power systems for aviation and other industries. The company operates with the mantra “pioneering the power that matters” and is committed to a strong sustainability approach. By minimising the impact of its products, the company seeks to unlock new business opportunities and deliver more efficient products and services to accelerate the transition to a low carbon global economy. Rolls-Royce invests £1.3bn (US$1.5bn) in research and development annually, a high proportion of that fund is dedicated to environmental improvement and the reduction of its engine impact.
HQ: Derby, UK
No. of Employees: 50,000 (2018)
Revenue: GBP 16bn (2018)
Chief Procurement Officer: Pernille Boisen
3 | Coca-Cola
The beverage giant provides more than 500 brands in over 200 countries. Truly global, Coca-Cola is instantly familiar the world over. With clear 2020 sustainability goals in mind, the company in collaboration with its 250 bottling partners has devised ambitious targets to drive change beyond small operational upgrades. Coca-Cola targets key areas in: agriculture, climate protection, giving back, human & workplace rights, packaging & recycling, water stewardship and women’s economic empowerment. Since beginning this strategy in 2010, the company has made significant progress over the past few years and has achieved a 19% reduction on its carbon footprint since 2010, with the aim of achieving a 25% reduction in 2020.
No. of Employees: 62,000 Worldwide
Revenue: US$31.85bn (2018)
Chief Procurement Officer: Mark Westfall
2 | Apple
Global electronics company, Apple, is considered one of the big four technology organisations alongside Facebook, Amazon and Google. With its products manufactured all over the world, Apple recognises that sustainability is just as important as innovation. With new products such as the MacBook Air and Mac mini made from 100% recycled aluminum, sustainability is firmly at the forefront of Apple’s decision-making. With a core ambition to create products without taking from the Earth, Apple focuses on three key areas: climate change, resources and smarter chemistry. It has overseen a 70% decrease in average product energy use in 10 years, 35% reduction in its overall carbon footprint compared to 2015, as well as ensuring that 100% of all its global facilities are generated by 100% renewable energy.
HQ: Cupertino, California
No. of Employees: 123,000 full-time employees
No. of Apple Stores: 504 in 28 countries (2018)
Revenue: US$265bn (2018)
Chief Procurement Officer: Paul Curtin
1 | Accenture
Topping the list is the leading global professional services firm, Accenture, specialising in consulting, strategy, technology, digital and operations. A Fortune 500 company, Accenture has a multi-billion-dollar supply chain and leverages its purchasing power to drive positive change on a global scale. Accenture has a deep understanding of sustainability and innovation across the value chain which identifies how sustainability topics impact the bottom line and society overall. With the importance of accelerating business value to deliver sustainable growth and profitability in a digitally disrupted world, Accenture provides support to businesses to achieve their sustainability goals and create sustainable value.
Kai Nowosel, Chief Procurement Officer:
“With a multi-billion-dollar supply chain, Accenture has the purchasing power to drive positive change on a global scale, creating a more economically inclusive world and helping to shape the future of procurement. Our ambition is to shift the culture of buying both inside and outside Accenture, while generating long-term value for our clients, suppliers and communities. By improving the efficiency of our operations, harnessing the innovative spirit of our people and developing new sustainability solutions, we aim to accelerate the global shift to a low-carbon economy and to lessen the effects of climate change. Accenture is using the power of new technologies such as AI, blockchain and extended reality to address a variety of complex societal challenges in areas including health, human rights, inclusion and environmental sustainability. We believe through these technologies we can create solutions that make a positive, lasting impact for people and communities in ways that were not previously possible. We are going beyond responsible buying.”
HQ: Dublin, Ireland
No. of Employees: 482,000
Chief Procurement Officer: Kai Nowosel - Read the Exclusive Report with Supply Chain Digital