Supply chain strategies for the UN sustainable development goal (UN SDG) 15: Life on land

The United Nations drafted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. This agenda for sustainable development has been adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. At country level the UN SDGs are turned into regulations, impacting industries and their supply chains.

How to integrate the UN SDGs into supply chain management practices and to develop supply chain strategies that are meeting the 17 UN SDGs? These UN SDGs go beyond environmental sustainability and also try to close the inequality gap between developing and developed nations.

UN SDG 15: Life on land

The goal of UN SDG 15 is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forest, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Supply chain strategies:
1. Procurement specifications for the purchase of natural resources from terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems to ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use by your suppliers in compliance with international agreements. This needs to be audited.
2. Procurement specifications for the purchase of wood products from suppliers that ensure sustainable management of forest, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation. This needs to be audited.
3. Procurement specifications for the purchase of agriculture products from mountain ecosystems to ensure protection of biodiversity and sustainable development by your supplier in your network. This needs to be audited.
4. Procurement specifications for the purchase or agriculture products from natural habitats to halt the loss of biodiversity and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species by your supplier in your network. This needs to be audited.
5. To have procurement clauses with suppliers not to source products that contain ingredients or additives from protected species of flora and fauna.

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