Category Archives: Sustainable Supply Chain

Micro Economy, KickStart Sustainable Creative Projects

In the post “Six Social Media Trends for 2012“, December 12, 2011 by David Armano on HBRBlog I noticed this trend:

The Micro Economy. Lastly as we roll into 2012, watch for a more social approach to solving business problems through a sort of micro-economy. Kickstarter gives anyone with a project, the opportunity to get that initiative funded by those who choose to (and patrons receive something in return). A crowdsourcing platform for would be inventors called Quirky lets the best product ideas rise to the top and then helps them get produced and sold while the “inventor” takes a cut. Air BnB turns homes into hotels and travelers into guests, providing both parties with an opportunity to make and save money. These examples may point to a new future reality where economic value is directly negotiated and exchanged between individuals over institutions.”

I decided to further learn about it since platforms for micro lending are an interesting component of sustainability, and searched about sustainable projects on Kickstarter

the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.A new form of commerce and patronage.This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

where I found this interesting example:

Green economy board game, A Board & Card Games project in Honolulu, HI by Scott Cooney

“Clean Tech? Sustainable Food? Green Building? Green jobs? Hawai’i? The triple bottom line? This game has it all! “

It reminds me about Monopoly and it’s aligned with the gamification trend, but above all it’s about sustainability awareness in economic decisions and a successful proof of crowd sourcing funding by ICT enabled portal.

On KickStarter you can find other projects related to sustainability, some are already funded such as “PHX-1 : Design Tool Set Combining Hi-Tec-C, Signo DX, Hobby-Knife, Designer Ruler, & a Sustainable Bamboo Case: We love using great pens like the Hi-Tec-C and Uni-ball Signo DX (UM-151) series, but feel that the standard plastic housing doesn’t match the performance that the cartridges provide. So, we created a clean, unbranded, stainless steel body that works with BOTH cartridge brands & series”. Other ones are still waiting funding such as Freight Farms: Grow Fresh Food in Any Environment

Donato Toppeta


Webinar: Sustainable Supply Chain & ICT

IACCM (International Association for Contract & Commercial Management) and Acquisti&Sostenibilita’ are pleased to invite you to the FREE Webinar: Sustainable Supply Chain & ICT– From the supply chain sustainability of  ICT to ICT for assessing and optimizing the impact of other sectors’ supply chain.

I’m the autor of this webinar, as the ICT PM in the board of Directors A&S, with the precious feedback and review provided by  Gianmaria Riccardi Commercial Business Director, Europe, Cisco and member of IACCM board directors.

Inspiring Sustainable Supply Chain

Acquisti & Sostenibilità

This is a step in a growing, long term  cooperation between A&S and IACCM.

You can find additional information and register to attend it live by the web on Thursday April 28th – starting at 4 PM Rome, 3PM UK, 10 AM ET NA, 7 AM PT NA (duration 1 hour including Q&A) or receive a link to the recorded version via:

You can now download the  (pdf with the 30 presented slides + 43 additional ones, most of them have links to additional content) from this link to the A&S site:
Many other valuable english contents from the A&S web is referenced here:

(pdf with 30 presented
slides + 43 additional ones, most of them have links to additional content)

This seminar will approach the analysis of the sustainability in the supply chain from these two point of views

  1. How much the supply chain of ICT products and services is sustainable, taking into account some specific aspects (such as e-waste, life cycle, etc.) that can be managed and improved..
  2. How ICT tools and services can contribute to increase the sustainability of the supply chain, for example by helping to evaluate LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) or providing radical transparency to customers and other stakeholders.

I’ll check if you can still access the recorded session and I’m open to answer  Q&A by e-mail or by posting a comment here.

Donato Toppeta

note: A Live webminar is by definition a more sustainable way to attend a seminar since you avoid travelling that has a major contribution to enevironment.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and its tool

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is a new interesting initiative, started in 2010, that involve multiple stakeholders, related to the fashion system, that share a common belief and good practices in Sustainability: Adidas, Arvind Mills, C&A, Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce, Environmental Defense Fund, Esprit, Esquel, Gap Inc., H&M, HanesBrands, Intradeco, JC Penney, Kohl’s Department Stores, Lenzing, Levi Strauss & Co., LF USA, a division of Li & Fung Limited, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Equipment Co-op, New Balance, Nike, Nordstrom, Otto Group, Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, Pentland Brands, REI, TAL Apparel, Target, Timberland, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Verité, VF Corp, and Walmart (they plan to invite other companies to join). It is an is an industry-wide, international group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, academic experts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition “vision and purpose are based on a set of shared beliefs that:

  • The environmental and social challenges around the global apparel supply system affect the entire industry.
  • These challenges reflect systemic issues which no individual company can solve on their own.
  • Pre-competitive collaboration can accelerate improvement in environmental and social performance for the industry as a whole and reduce cost for individual companies.
  • This collaboration enables individual companies to focus more resources on product and process innovation.
  • Credible, practical, and universal standards and tools for defining and measuring environmental and social performance support the individual interests of all stakeholders.”

Desired Environmental and Social Outcomes includes: Water Use & Quality, Energy/Greenhouse Gas, Waste, Land Use, Air emissions, Chemicals/Toxicity and Social/Labor.

In order to measure the progress achieved the coalition is developing a set of tools. The first one is Version 1.0 of the Sustainable Apparel Index, it is now only a  primarily “indicator” , but it will evolve towards a metrics-based tool.  It enables companies to evaluate material types, products, facilities and processes based on a range of environmental and social practices and product design choices through the entire apparel life cycle. It was based largely on the Nike’s Apparel Environmental Design Tool and the Outdoor Industry Association’s Eco Index. The participating organization hopes that by collaborating to create more uniform, broadly defined tools for measuring sustainability, and for collective actions to drive innovations in products, will help to raise awareness in consumers and apparel industry.

Sustainable Apparel Index tool structure (version 1)

As the Guardian stated in “Clothing industry giants launch sustainable apparel coalition”: “Should the Sustainable Apparel Coalition succeed, its focus on improving on supply chain performance could become a model for other industries. More efficient, energy-saving, and transparent supply chains not only reduce costs, but lessen the human costs that put too high of a price tag on what are often cheap clothes.

Cheers, Donato

A&S: some updates on Sustainable Procurement

I’m sorry for being lazy in updating this blog, so I’m starting with some news related to Acquisti & Sostenibilità, more are available on the A&S Web. Some of them may sound loosely linked to the scope of this blog but as the February 2010 green report: “A Green ICT Framework – Understanding and measuring Green ICT” by “Connection Research” states “Green ICT goes beyond the ICT function and the ICT department – in many ways ICT, and Green ICT, is a central enabling technology to many aspects of sustainability. In very many cases ICT provides the measurement tool, the data repository, the reporting mechanism and the mitigation techniques that make sustainability possible.

  • A&S has changed the logo pay-off (as you can see also here) from “Procure-Sustain-Manage” to “Inspiring Sustainable Supply Chain” in order to reinforce the message that A&S “encourages a Sustainable SUPPLY CHAIN and the sustainability across the Supply Chain”.
  • Several companies helped A&S to finalize the “A&S buyers guide”:

o   AIRPLUS INTERNATIONAL, International leading travel payment company and A&S Corporate membership since 2008, contributed to the section on sustainable purchase of business travel.

o   An European leading paper mill and packaging industry, A&S Corporate membership since 2007, sustainable purchase of paper.

o   ARVAL, European leading long term vehicle renting company and A&S Corporate membership since 2008, contributed to the section on sustainable purchase of company fleet cars.

  • A&S is partner of ORSE (Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises) and Ecovadis, for the promotion in Italy (in Italian language) of the “Study on the reporting of European, North American and Asian Global Companies on Sustainable Procurement”
  • LYRECO, European leading office supplies company, became A&S Corporate Member in 2007 and renewed its commitment for the following years. Green office supplies are part of LYRECO products portfolio, but more than this, their human resources passion for sustainability is significant.
  • HEC (recently ranked first in the TOP20 European business school ranking of Financial Times) selected A&S, as sole partner for Italy, for its annual study on trends and execution of sustainable procurement practices. Results will be available in the second half of 2011, A&S will translate the full document in Italian.
  • 2011 will herald a new era in sustainable procurement and sustainability will become a mainstream skill for procurement professionals. The main reason is the publication of BS 8903, the world’s first standard for sustainable procurement practice. The Action Sustainability one-day conference Sustainable Procurement Conference on 10th of February 2011 in London will bring together global visionaries and leaders from some of the world’s largest organizations to discuss best practice and shape the future of sustainable procurement basing on BS 8903. A&S is very proud to be part of that important event!
  • Last but not least on January 28th at “Fondazione Serbelloni” – Palazzo Serbelloni – Corso Venezia, 16 in Milano the annual conference of A&S supporters will be held

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Virtual conference for International Green IT Awareness Week

I’d like to remind you of the International Green IT Awareness Week (1-7 June 2010), a great international event supported by that will be hosting an online, global educational, not profit event on green ICT for three days (1-3 June). It has chosen the innovative approach of being Global, Free and Sustainable leveraging Internet resources (web, blog, Live and on demand Video Conference).

I’m one of the proud, voluntary  people that has offered his contribution by promoting it in Italy and I’m now busy preparing a recorded speech (about one hour plus 30 min of text based live Q&A) on June 3rd.

The pdf of my presentation is available on Slideshare :

Green ICT Sustainable Supply Chain

Recorded Video Donato Toppeta – Green IT Supply Chain from ComputersOff.ORG on Vimeo.

Live event are scheduled in order to choose acceptable time for a global coverage and in any case they are also available on demand, but you need to register here:

Green IT Week provides the opportunity for individuals and organisations around the globe to show their support for reducing the environmental impact of information technology.  This could be anything from developing an electronic waste policy, to developing a program to turn off your computers at night to save both energy and costs, to consolidating server infrastructure in your organisation.

You can find more information here:

If you want to be kept updated you can also join the International Green IT Awareness Week on: Twitter , Facebook , LinkedIn Group .

I encourage you to support International Green IT Awareness Week in any way you can and welcome your participation. Please feel free to send me your feedback and contact me for more information.

Best Regards


Sustainable development of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Sustainable development was a mandatory constraint of London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, since the original bid in 2007. In the bid a promise was made that London would be the ‘most sustainable Games ever’ with an independent monitor commission. This effort has become even more important due to the criticisms on the sustainability front of the Beijing’s Games- thousands of people were displaced to build the Olympic Park, while the smog, algae, choking traffic and alarming increase in demand for energy were all pointing to an environmental disaster, until late serious counter-actions were taken with over $16.4 billion in environmental infrastructure for the Olympics, saving a reported 1.2 million to 1.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The effort to take a huge event like Olympic Games, with a plenty of people conveyed in a busy large town for a very short timeframe, and seriously reduce its footprint compared with the past editions is daunting. The organizing committee must take decisions on how suppliers and sponsorship partners are chosen, to promote appropriate training and long term employment opportunities and tackle global issues such as climate change. Sustainable development means:  “making the most out of the social, economic and environmental benefits that will come with hosting such a major sporting and cultural event and creating a positive legacy for the future”.

As the the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 posts on its own home page of its portal:

” By setting ambitious standards, inspiring innovation and new approaches to partnerships, London, the rest of the UK and the world can benefit from the London Games, long after the closing ceremony. “

Last week, during the event Acquisti & Sostenibilita’, 3 years achievements and future projects public presentation,  I had the great pleasure to listen to Shaun McCharty, Director of Action Sustainability, that took a very interesting speech at the A&S Milan meeting  about his role as director of the  Commission for a sustainable London 2012 Olympic. You can read in the Shaun’s blog about his restless efforts.  A video interview to Shaun McCarthy – Action Sustainability at Green IT EXPO 2009 is available here

On the cslondon web you can find many useful documents because the commission has a duty to report to the Olympic Board and to the public its work. For example:

•·         The governance, planning, information gathering and reporting processes Assuring a Legacy: The Sustainable Development Assurance Framework for the London 2012 Games Programme].

  • No time to waste A review of Waste and Resource Management across the London 2012
  • A review of LOCOG’s Procurement:  Procuring the Games
  • A review of the approach taken to carbon measurement and management across the London 2012 programme Extinguishing Emissions?

These are a few examples of figures provided in the presentation by Shaun

Other information are available on the sustainability section of the Olympic portal

such as this example of ICT usage for their monthly dust and noise environmental monitoring reports.

I think that many other events like Universal EXPO (Shanghai EXPO 2010, Yeosu Expo 2012 , Milan EXPO 2015) since they are all related to sustainable related topics such as “Better City Better Life” “The Living Ocean” and “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

Best Regards, Donato

Supply chain sustainability

Many IT solutions, that are already helping innovative businesses to achieve cost reduction and more efficient practices, are also providing significant environmental benefits, such as: reducing energy consumption by power management or virtualization, replacing travel by virtual collaboration or improving their footprint by effective measure of both direct and indirect energy used in the  supply chain. Supply chain management software can help companies model the impact of transportation and packaging choices and waste management on their products.  Enterprise operations are often the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of actual enterprise impact. Therefore, analyzing and optimizing the supply chain through an environmental lens is important. IT plays a key role. For example, carbon accounting down the supply chain will be a key application, as well as ensuring compliance with enterprise environmental policies. Life cycle is particularly important in the definition, demanding consideration or stewardship from cradle to grave of products over which the enterprise could reasonably be considered to have influence or choice, the first step to an effective e-design. That may include managing the full life cycle of the enterprise products, and would certainly include considering the life cycle of the IT equipment themselves being procured.

There are many documents on greening supply chain such this one from World Economic Forum with the help of Accenture: Download Supply Chain Decarbonization [PDF, 1.65MB] or IMB’s Socially Responsible Procurement – Doing the Right Things for Everyone

For a general framework about supply chain sustainability I suggest you to look at and it’s parent organization:

Sincerely,  Donato

A&S: 3 years achievements and future projects public presentation

SAVE THE DATE – 19th March 2010: Acquisti & Sostenibilita’, 3 years achievements and future projects public presentation at “Circolo della Stampa” in Milan (Italy) Palazzo Serbelloni Corso Venezia,16 in Milan (Italy).

National and International press will attend the event and we are glad to have Shaun McCharty Director of ActionSustainability and Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 who will will have a speech about the London 2012 Olimpic Games Sustainable plan.

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