TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - A new report released today by RBC and
Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) identifies
environmental sustainability as a key issue and opportunity for
Canada's transportation and logistics companies.
The logistics sector is an increasingly significant contributor to the
Canadian economy, yet it is also a high consumer of fossil fuels. With
over 50 per cent of an average corporation's carbon dioxide emissions
occurring within their supply chain, clients and consumers are calling
for more transparency and accountability from the logistics sector, as
well as concrete strategies to minimize environmental impact.
"In partnership with SCL, we hope to bring attention to the business
opportunities and cost-savings that can be achieved by making
environmental sustainability a business priority," said Andrea Bolger,
head, Business Financial Services, RBC. "RBC is committed to helping
Canadian logistics companies with financial advice and solutions as
they invest in cleaner, greener supply chain management."
The joint report on Business & the Environment entitled, FOCUS FORWARD: Enhancing Supply Chain Value with Green Logistics &
Transportation, highlights the top five environmental sustainability issues facing the
Canadian logistics sector and how distribution and transportation
companies can enhance competitiveness in an increasingly complex global
The report covers:
How environmental sustainability has become a critical strategic
planning issue for logistics and transportation companies as
international trade evolves and supply chains become more global.
The top five environmental challenges that CEO's in the logistics sector
need to be aware of, which are:
Weather: Planning for uncertainty
Energy: Powering distribution
Emissions: Improving air quality through cleaner transport
Water: Protecting an essential resource
Waste: Getting to zero
Case studies that showcase best-in-class examples from companies who are
embracing the environmental sustainability challenge and how going
green is helping them meet supplier guidelines and attracting new
"Best-in-class business strategies must include the role of
environmental and social sustainability in enhancing competitiveness,"
said Bob Armstrong, president, SCL. "This report clearly demonstrates
the business case for going green by showcasing how other companies are
successfully integrating environmental thinking into all aspects of the
This report is designed to demonstrate the value of integrating
environmental sustainability into all aspects of supply chain and
logistics management, including distribution and transportation. It is
the second in a series aimed at helping leaders of Canadian
organizations better understand the risks and benefit from the business
opportunities presented by the environmental sustainability challenge.
FOCUS FORWARD: Enhancing Supply Chain Value with Green Logistics &
Transportation will be available on the RBC Commercial Advice Centre at www.rbc.com/business-advice and through SCL at www.sclcanada.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=61<emid=164&lang=en.
RBC and the environment
RBC has long been committed to environmental sustainability, and will
maintain that commitment through the activities detailed in its
Environmental Blueprint. The RBC Environmental Blueprint formalizes
RBC's longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability,
outlining our policy, priorities and objectives, which include reducing
the intensity of our environmental footprint, promoting responsible
lending, and offering environmentally responsible products and
services. In 2011, RBC was named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable
Corporations in the World, one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of
Canada's Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations, and one of Canada's
Best 50 Corporate Citizens. RBC is also listed on the Dow Jones
Sustainability World and North American Indices, the Jantzi Social
Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the Canadian Carbon Disclosure
Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) acts as a significant
link within the supply chain community, both nationally and
internationally, providing supply chain professionals and their
companies access to up-to-date information and resources regarding
supply chain management, best-in-class business practices,
benchmarking, research and market intelligence.
SCL represents a broad spectrum of manufacturers, retailers and service
providers who view supply chain management as a critical driver of
competitive differentiation, increasing shareholder value.
SCL brings supply chain professionals together in unique forums to learn
from each other and industry experts at the regional level through our
chapters, as well as through national programs. It is this peer-to-peer
education and our members' passion for supply chain management that
sets SCL apart from other organizations and gives business value back
to our members.
Image with caption: "Focus Forward: Enhancing supply chain value with green logistics and transportation, a joint report from RBC and Supply Chain Logistics Canada that highlights the top environmental sustainability issues facing the Canadian logistics sector. (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C6714_PHOTO_EN_3819.jpg
For further information:
Margie McNeil, RBC, 905-606-1425, email@example.com
Angela Gordon, RBC, 905-816-5650, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Armstrong, SCL, 905- 513-7300, email@example.com