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P&G upgrades 2011 Environmental Sustainability Supplier Scorecard and expands distribution to 600 suppliers. Warns that low scores could affect business opportunities.

The Procter & Gamble Company in early April shared the learning from the Year 1 results of its Environmental Sustainability Supplier Scorecard and rolled out an upgraded version for 2011. The scorecard was designed to track and encourage PG_logo_dark_blue.jpgimprovement on key environmental sustainability measures in P&G's supply chain. The first year was focused on assessing whether P&G would receive clear data to measure future improvements and jump-start innovation related to sustainability. The company reports that it found that most suppliers could track the requested key sustainability measures and that the process of innovation-sharing had begun.

"By urging collaboration and unlocking innovation to create meaningful environmental progress, the initiative has already been a success and is just another example of how we strive to touch and improve the lives of more consumers, more completely, in more parts of the world," says Dr. Len Sauers, P&G’s vice president for global sustainability. "Working with our external partners is clearly critical to realizing our long-term environmental vision as a company, and this scorecard is a helpful tool to facilitate that collaboration. After all, using 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging will only be achieved through strong collaboration with our business partners."

Deployed about a year ago to nearly 400 strategic suppliers, the P&G Supplier Scorecard was designed to measure and improve the environmental performance of key suppliers with three goals:

1) Enhancing supply chain collaboration

2) Improving key environmental indicators

3) Encouraging the sharing of ideas and capabilities to deliver more sustainable products and services to consumers

By assessing the total environmental footprint of suppliers, this initiative is designed to encourage continued improvement by measuring energy use, water use, waste disposal, and greenhouse gas emissions on a year-by-year basis. More than 20 leading supplier representatives globally, who form the P&G Supplier Sustainability Board, participated in the creation of the scorecard.

"This isn't simply about collecting data," says Rick Hughes, P&G's chief purchasing officer. "The scorecard is the right tool to give us that snapshot across our supply chain so we can identify where to focus our collective supply network sustainability efforts, develop ideas to work on together, and reward those who excel."

One unique feature of the scorecard is that it encourages P&G's partners to share innovation ideas that can improve the sustainability footprint of the business. Of the scorecards received by P&G, about 40% offered at least one innovation idea. Many of these have moved forward to become actual projects, including a chemical supplier who has begun work with P&G on renewable energy, renewable materials development, and ways to reduce emissions. "It was the scorecard that jump-started those projects," says Larry Loftus, director of purchases capability and strategy and a leader in developing the program. "I believe that many of the opportunities we identified through this process will result not only in environmental sustainability improvements but also in improvements to our bottom line as well as growth for our business partners."

Results to affect suppliers’ future business opportunities
P&G's Supplier Environmental Sustainability Scorecard initiative was led by the Purchases organization. Beginning this year, the results of the scorecard will affect supplier performance ratings, and will therefore impact a supplier's opportunity for future business. Suppliers and agencies will be evaluated and given a score from 1-5, and those that show exceptional performance (5/5) in the area of sustainability will be publicly rewarded. For those partners that do not score well, the scorecard results will form the basis for joint sustainability improvement plans and then be used to measure progress over time. In this way, P&G has put the ownership of the scorecard within the department that has the greatest influence to affect change with its external business partners.

For 2011, P&G will expand the list of participating suppliers and agencies to about 600, and has made a few changes based on partner input. These include a clearer process to allow partners to exclude measures that don't apply; a more transparent and consistent rating methodology; the ability to compare year-on-year improvement using either absolute or intensity data, or both; and the ability to reward year-on-year improvement regardless of data format or scope preference.

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