(PRWEB) August 22, 2009
Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA, http://www.globalintelligence.com), a Strategic Market Intelligence and Advisory company, has warned that the Asia Pacific countries most likely to recover fastest from the current economic downturn also have the least stringent environmental regulations. The slowing economic activity however, also presents an opportunity for stronger firms to upgrade themselves further and to improve their efficiencies, resource use and waste management, according to a White Paper from GIA titled Green Supply Chain Management in Asia-Pacific.
The White Paper notes that environmental regulations are becoming more consistent globally, as those legislated in one region have knock-on effects on supply chains in other regions. For example, Europe's stringent RoHS, WEEE and REACH regulations have forced suppliers in Asia and other countries to change their processes first, with national governments belatedly trying to harmonize their laws with the commercial reality.
"Companies across many sectors, especially those in fast moving consumer goods and food & beverage, are under pressure to publish sustainability reports and enforce environmental standards. This impacts players along their supply chains such as logistics providers and packaging companies," said Ms. Kim Khoo, Manager for Intelligence Services in Asia Pacific and one of the co-authors of the White Paper.
Based on one-on-one interviews amongst Asia Pacific Directors and Vice Presidents in the region in early 2009, GIA predicts that China, India, Australia and Indonesia will be the first four to emerge from the global economic malaise. Of these, China, India and Indonesia have the least stringent environmental regulations in the region based on data from the United Nations.
For a complete ranking on Asia's "green champions", please refer to http://www.globalintelligence.com/insights-analysis/press-releases/2009/gia-sees-opportunity-for-green-movement-in-asia-pa/
Major manufacturing countries such as China should take more action to quickly prevent the worst environmental offenders from continuing to pollute as well as stimulate "model firms" to more widely disperse their best practices. The global recession is forcing firms, both private and public, to find ways to survive. With spare capacity available during periods of slower economic growth, companies have the capacity to go green through restructuring efforts.
"Local governments can provide fiscal and policy stimulus to help generate jobs and build up domestic capabilities, with many already on the green technology bandwagon. They can best help by acting as an educator and a facilitator. They should teach small and medium-sized firms how to go green, reduce their costs and look for new markets. Governments have realized that they cannot force companies to stop polluting by only using one blunt regulatory approach but rather, they must act more as a coach, focusing on prevention and using multiple incentives and penalties. Ultimately, government policies must be aligned with companies' search for competitive advantage and natural reactions to customer demand," said Mr. Kelvin Inn, Consulting Manager and author of several GIA environmental studies.
For further information, please email info (at) globalintelligence (dot) com. To download the GIA Green Supply Chain Management in Asia-Pacific white paper directly, please go to http://www.globalintelligence.com/insights-analysis/white-papers/download/green-supply-chain-management-in-asia-pacific.
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