How to engage low maturity suppliers in measuring, reporting, and setting reduction targets

For procurement professionals aiming to engage low-maturity suppliers in emissions measurement, reporting, and target setting, here are specific, actionable steps:

1. Supplier Assessment and Segmentation
Conduct a Supplier Maturity Assessment: Use a simple survey or questionnaire to assess the current maturity level of your suppliers in terms of sustainability practices. Focus on their understanding and capabilities in measuring and reporting emissions.
Segment Suppliers: Based on the assessment, categorize suppliers into different maturity levels. This helps in tailoring your approach and resources effectively.

Resource: We’ve built a simple survey to get you going

2. Develop and Provide Tailored Training and Tools
Tailored Training Programs: Develop training modules that are specific to the maturity levels of your suppliers. For low-maturity suppliers, focus on basic concepts of emissions measurement and reporting
Simplified Tools and Templates: Create or source easy-to-use tools for emissions tracking and reporting. These should be in line with GHG Protocol guidelines but simplified for beginners.

Resource: SME climate hub is a great place to start for both of these

3. Set Up a Support System

Dedicated Support Team: Establish a small team or point of contact within your organization to assist suppliers. This team should handle queries and provide guidance on emissions measurement and reduction strategies.
– Regular Check-ins and Workshops: Schedule periodic meetings or workshops to discuss progress, challenges, and provide additional support or training as needed.

4. Collaborative Goal Setting and Action Plans
– Jointly Set Emission Reduction Targets: Work together with your suppliers to set achievable emission reduction targets, using the SBTi framework as a guideline.
– Action Plan Development: Assist suppliers in developing an action plan for emissions reduction, including short-term and long-term strategies.

Resource: SBTI’s guide to engaging suppliers is excellent 

5. Monitor, Report, and Recognize Progress
Regular Monitoring and Reporting: Implement a regular schedule for suppliers to report their emissions data. Review this data to monitor progress against set targets.
– Recognition and Incentives: Acknowledge and reward suppliers who make significant progress in their sustainability efforts. This could be through recognition programs, preferential procurement terms, or other incentives.

Real Example:
– Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)’s Supplier Engagement: HPE has effectively engaged its suppliers in sustainability practices. They assess supplier maturity, provide targeted training, and collaborate on setting and achieving carbon reduction goals, leading to a more sustainable supply chain.

Do This Next:

– Initiate a Supplier Maturity Assessment: Begin by assessing the current sustainability maturity of your suppliers.
– Develop Training and Support Structures: Based on the assessment results, start developing tailored training programs and setting up a support system.

Implementing these steps will ensure a structured approach in engaging low-maturity suppliers towards effective emissions measurement, reporting, and reduction.

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