Sustainable Sourcing

As the triple bottom line becomes more and more of a business reality, it is no longer enough for companies to focus just on their people and profit lines, they must also seriously consider their impact on the planet.


It is encouraging to see companies making ambitious ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) and Net Zero targets, but without a solid plan for sustainable sourcing from their supply chain, they cannot reasonably expect to meet these targets. Sourcing is a key element of sustainable business, and sustainable procurement can help companies to minimise their environmental impact, control costs and protect their public reputations.

Helping your hit your ESG and Net Zero Targets

Control Union UK are experts in supporting businesses to operate more sustainably and ethically by improving their supply chain management. We do this in a number of ways:

Defining sustainable sourcing strategies

  • Defining sustainability goals for different materials
  • Setting KPIs
  • Benchmarking against peers and industry leaders
  • Gap analysis between supply chains

Developing toolkits for assessing compliance against sustainable sourcing programs

  • Mapping certifications and assurance schemes against materials and impact categories
  • Development of sustainability scorecards
  • Sustainable sourcing policy writing
  • Development of assessment criteria
  • Development of verification protocols

Training sustainability and procurement teams and suppliers in sustainability programs

Assessing suppliers and reporting on performance

  • Auditing and certifying suppliers against certifications, assurance schemes and bespoke assessment criteria

Impact areas

Our work is bespoke to the specific ESG and Net Zero targets of each of our clients, but generally covers the following environmental and social impacts

  • Soil health
  • Carbon footprint
  • Deforestation
  • Biodiversity
  • Water usage
  • Social compliance, equality, and human rights
  • Marine environment
  • Animal welfare
  • Waste management


  1. Clarity on how your supply chain is impacting your progress towards hitting ESG/Net-Zero targets
  2. Improve overall environmental and social impact of your business
  3. Develop strong relationships with sustainable and ethical suppliers
  4. Futureproof your supply chain
  5. Robust evidence of how sustainable practices protect your brand from greenwashing accusations

Control Union UK has extensive experience in helping clients from a wide range of sectors to develop and implement their sustainable sourcing strategies. For more information on how we can help your business please contact us on or +44 (0)20 7488 2210

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