Mastering the IT demands of a sustainable supply chain In part 3 of my series on sustainable supply chains with searchManufacturing.com, I look at the three different kinds of systems used to support sustainability programs and flow-down to suppliers: source systems, management systems, and reporting systems. Each have their unique place in threading together various strategic and compliance-driven activities.
As an example, our partners at Social Accountability International (www.sa-intl.org) considered using a learning management system (LMS) to manage their Social Fingerprint(R) business improvement program and corresponding self assessments and scorecards across the nine elements of the method.
Our partners at Social Accountability International (www.sa-intl.org) use a learning management system (LMS) to measure and improve the corporate social responsibility of brands and their suppliers. Since the early 1990s, corporate social responsibility has become a popular approach for making sure organizations engage in appropriate labor practices with their global suppliers. SAI’s Social Fingerprint is a program of ratings, training and tools designed to help companies develop and implement the necessary management systems.
SAI’s corporate programs and training manager, Kate Critchell, explained that given the variety of systems required by its business model, an LMS seemed the best approach.
“We needed to be able to categorize and track multiple learning events, training and information exchanges between suppliers and their business customers, often specific brands and manufacturers,” Critchell said. “By managing all of the records centrally, we can then provide consistent ratings and metrics across our member companies.”
Read the full article in searchManufacturing.com here. In addition, Part 1 and Part 2 are also available if you missed them previously.