May 17, 2020

Supply chains could be the key to a gigaton of emissions savings

Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
3 min
A new report has found that 1bn metric tonnes of emissions savings could be achieved if key suppliers to 125 of the world’s biggest corporate purchasers increased their proportion of renewable electricity by 20 percentage points.
A new report has found that 1bn metric tonnes of emissions savings could be achieved if key suppliers to 125 of the world’s biggest corporate purchase...

A new report has found that 1bn metric tonnes of emissions savings could be achieved if key suppliers to 125 of the world’s biggest corporate purchasers increased their proportion of renewable electricity by 20 percentage points.

The report, CDP’s Changing the Chain, saw environmental data analysed from almost 7,000 supplier companies collected on behalf of their customers. The 125 big purchasers include major companies such as: Walmart, L’Oreal and Samsung Electronics. The data found that the average proportion of renewable electricity suppliers purchase consists of 11% of their total electricity. By increasing the proportion of total electricity they purchase by 20 percentage points next year, it is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a gigaton in one year.

It was found that the average proportion of renewable electricity suppliers purchase consists of around 11% of their total electricity. It was also revealed that supply chain emissions are around five and a half times as high as a corporation’s direct emissions. 1bn metric tonnes is equivalent to the emissions of Brazil and Mexico combined.

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“As world leaders gather in Madrid this week, we stand at a critical crossroads,” commented Sonya Bhonsle, Global Director of Supply Chains at CDP. “With supply chain emissions being on average over five times as high as a corporation’s direct emissions, this makes the trillions in procurement spend by large corporate buyers a critical leverage tool for driving climate action at scale.

“Our analysis shows a gigaton of emissions savings up for grabs if suppliers increase their proportion of renewable power by 20 percentage points on average. This would be a big step, but it is achievable. However, with just 4% of suppliers reporting a renewable energy target we’re not seeing that level of ambition yet. We need to see all buyers engaging proactively with their suppliers to unlock this huge opportunity.”

The report also revealed that suppliers announced a combined $1trn of financial impact from environmental risks. The findings were based on data from two sources. Data on suppliers: Nearly 7,000 supplier companies out of 13,000 requested disclosed environmental information through CDP’s platform in 2019 following the request of their customers. Data on buyers: a survey was also sent to the 125 supply chain members, with 44 responding in 2019.

To read the full report, click here!

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Aug 5, 2021

Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe

Accenture
BlueHorseshoe
DigitalSupplyChain
SupplyChainManagement
2 min
Accenture acquires supply chain management specialist Blue Horseshoe, expanding the scale and capabilities of its Supply Chain & Operations group

Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm. 

Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients. 

“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”

Who are Blue Horseshoe? 

  • Founded: 2001
  • CEO: Chris Cason
  • Employees: 349
  • Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
  • Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands


Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner. 


Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books. 

“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”

Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.

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