Supply Chain as Facilitators for Life

Supply Chain as Facilitators for Life

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, some 1.8 billion people are expected to join the global consuming class by 2025, a 75 percent increase over 2010. Although this growth is good news for business, it puts more pressure on our environment. According to the Global Footprint Network, we are using resources faster than our planet can replenish them.  In fact, they estimate we need 1.7 Earths in terms of resources to sustain current consumption. 

Recognizing these challenges, Diversey has a long history of environmental stewardship. Diversey recently published its latest Annual Sustainability Report, which details our new “Facilitators for Life” strategy for improving the environment, protecting and caring for people and innovating sustainable solutions. The report also details ambitious company-wide goals, including reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and waste by 10 percent, and reducing water usage by 5 percent by 2025.

It’s important for every part of our business, including our Supply Chain, to support our sustainability efforts. Supply Chain's role in “Facilitators for Life” focuses on how Diversey can benefit the environment through efficiency in company operations. 

Supporting Waste Reduction

Diversey’s Supply Chain organization views sustainability as an integral part of efficiency, quality, continuous improvement and all our strategic objectives. To help us reach our 2025 goals, Supply Chain is committed to finding opportunities to ensure all Diversey manufacturing plants and distribution centers are following best practices. For many years, these sites have identified and eliminated waste wherever possible. A recent success story is our Socorro facility in Brazil.

The 130-person team worked diligently to reduce the amount of chemicals discarded. The project focused on reducing production of products with low turnover, finding alternative uses for those products before their expiration and defining alternative ways to reprocess them. Not only did they reduce the costs associated with waste disposal by 17 percent, which generated savings of nearly $75,000, but they also reduced the volume of waste discarded by 38 percent compared to the year before, which equated to a reduction of more than 91,000 tons of waste.

Solid waste is an obvious target but the same approaches are successful in reducing energy and saving water.  By thinking outside the box and engaging employees at the Supply Chain level, we can reduce our environmental footprint while simultaneously lowering operating costs.  

A Dedicated Team

To further support our goals, we are creating a new group, the Supply Chain Sustainability Team. Led by Steve Dew, EHS Lead EMEA, the team is creating a library of best practices, auditing our facilities and implementing new solutions. A pilot study at four key manufacturing sites will be followed by the rollout of a global program that will drive our sustainability goals forward.

With facilities around the world, Diversey has a responsibility to find ways to make our operations more sustainable. With a clear mandate, and a well engaged team, Diversey is confident that our Supply Chain organization will deliver our commitment to energy efficiency, and reduced GHG emissions, waste and water and make our planet a better place to live. These improvements will also lead to improved efficiency and enhanced quality, making it a “win-win” for the environment and our customers.

To learn more about our Facilitators for Life strategy and 2025 goals, view our latest sustainability report here: