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Sustainable Sourcing Excellence

As the real net output ratio for the average company falls, sustainability in international purchasing and procurement logistics is gaining in significance. Scarcity of raw materials, new environmental regulations and industry standards mean that ecological sustainability is becoming as relevant as cost effectiveness.

Due to a lack of measuring systems for sustainability, however, purchasers and logisticians, have until now been ill-equipped to estimate the environmental impact of their decisions. The same applies to mobility.

Objective of the Joint Project

With this joint project the EffizienzCluster Logistik Ruhr is to take on a pioneering role in structured, transparent and comprehensive decision-making as a major component for sustainable action and its value in companies. The entire decision-making process regarding sustainability in purchasing, procurement logistics and mobility is to be covered by a variety of approaches. This will allow assessment/measurement, control and monitoring of sustainability in purchasing and procurement logistics. Key to the project is a commitment to the triple bottom line, in other words the all-round pursuit of ecological, social and economic targets which constitute the achievement of sustainability.

Specific Innovations

The approaches are wide-ranging. Firstly, a procedure to measure the environmental impact of purchasing and procurement logistics is being developed. A comprehensive and quantifiable evaluation method compares resource and energy input, in addition to compliance with social standards, with economic success in purchasing. Secondly, an international sourcing governance code is being developed which safeguards sustainable purchasing und sustainable procurement logistics. Efforts are also underway to draft a code of practice for sustainability reports in purchasing and procurement logistics. The purpose of this is to make sustainable services accessible to all companies in a standard form. Furthermore, a CO2-efficient sourcing platform is being developed which will provide an insight into the carbon footprint of a range of product groups and logistics services. Finally, a sustainable and IT-supported risk management system is in the pipeline which will help to avoid sustainability risks.

Partners in the Project

Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH


Dachser GmbH & Co. KG


Deutsche Telekom AG


EBS Business School for Law / Institute for Supply Chain Management - Procurement and Logistics (ISCM)


Intertek Holding Deutschland GmbH




Rhein-Main-Verkehrsbund GmbH


Sandoz International GmbH


Vattenfall Europe AG

Companies are placing more emphasis on sustainability than ever before. Now it is possible to quantify, control and monitor it.

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Kai Förstl


EBS European Business School, Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI)

Phone: +49 (0) 611 7102 2170


Facts & Figures

Start of the Project


Project Duration
36 months

Project Volume
1.8 Mio. Euro

The new dimension of flexibility


The green revolution in logistics


Members of EffizienzCluster

EffizienzCluster Management GmbH
Kölner Str. 80 - 82
45481 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Tel.: 0208-9925 - 255
Fax: 0208-9925 - 222
E-Mail: info@effizienzcluster.de