- implement plans to minimise supply chain disruptions; and
- influence others to cut emissions
Supply chain disruption
Emissions in the supply chain
Governments, businesses, individuals and associations are looking at the emissions profile of their suppliers and customers through their supply chains. They do not want to be purchasing from high-emitting suppliers or adding to emissions, and they see a competitive advantage in going green. For example, Meat and Livestock Australia has set an ambitious industry target toward carbon neutrality by 2030 as part of its strategic plan for a profitable, sustainable and globally competitive future.
Increasingly government, philanthropy and business tenders and specifications, partnerships and grant programs are based on emissions profiles, climate risks, efficiency improvements and environmental credentials (see McKinsey and Co Procurement plan, below).
More opportunities for association influence
Because associations represent collective bargaining power, you have an opportunity to influence others on behalf of your members, as well as your wider sector or field of activity.
- Suppliers and providers – Choose suppliers and providers with good climate-wise credentials when selecting partners or negotiating deals for your association and members. You can also negotiate group discounted offers for products and services such as renewable energy, audits, products etc.
- Customers and audiences – You can steer your customers and audiences in their behaviour and choices. For example, hiring event venues that are sustainability leaders (renewable energy, EV charging, no waste etc), or noting participants’ pledges for climate-wise actions at the end of a seminar.
- Other associations – You can approach associations that represent part of your sector’s supply chain to collaborate on climate policy and action. For example, the Widget Manufacturing Association could negotiate a sustainability and emissions reduction policy and improvement upstream with the Widget Component Association and downstream with the Widget Retailers Association. This may include reusable packaging system, low emission transport, etc.
No matter where an association and its members sit in a sector or supply chain, you can have positive influence on climate-wise actions. Any actions to influence others to become more climate-wise has potential flow-on benefits to your members.