Make cost-effective, environmentally sound changes to earn a spot in the federal Green Suppliers Network.
Beyond hard dollar savings and recognition as a responsible corporate citizen, improving your environmental stewardship can help you gain a competitive advantage. Customers in nearly every industry are striving to reach higher environmental standards - and to achieve that goal, they're choosing greener suppliers.
That's where the Green Suppliers Network can help. Organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, this program lends visibility to forward-looking suppliers and assists customers in achieving environmental goals. Members are described as "lean and clean," running monetarily and environmentally responsible operations.
The first step to membership is a site review conducted by your internal team along with experts from the Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Extension Partnership. While a typical review may cost $7,500 per facility, the network says, members show no less than a 3-to-1 return on investment. In addition, reports collected by the University of Maryland indicate that product quality also increases.
When the review is completed, you'll receive a confidential report that includes recommendations and cost-benefit analyses. Not even the EPA has access to the team's findings, in fact. Your leadership team alone chooses which actions to take to join the network, and your company captures the cost savings.
Large companies serve as corporate champions for the program, and their action plans include helping their suppliers practice green strategies. So if you're a member of the network, you start ahead of the game when those companies need a new supplier.
For more information, visit the Green Suppliers website. (http://www.greensuppliers.gov)
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