Kuhn Associates Releases New Suite of Resources for Sustainability Management That Aims Directly at Supply Chain Professionals

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Sustainability managers have a new suite of resources to aid them in advancing their work. Software, training, and services to help companies migrate into sustainability.

Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors, LLC, a leading North American sustainability consulting firm, has created a new collection of resources for sustainability management, several of which are available at the firm’s redesigned website http://www.kuhnassociatesllc.com. Firm President and Senior Advisor Robert Kuhn said, “Sustainability is a very dynamic field; you can’t stay static. Executives and managers need to have really good resources to keep them in the game. This resource collection includes website-based information, in-person training and software and other tools specifically designed to help migrate sustainability into the companies who haven’t yet ventured into this area in a significant way.”

The firm’s redesigned website now provides a wealth of information for senior executives and managers at all levels of business who are looking to make their business and its supply chain more sustainable and to track and report sustainability information. The new design provides better functionality and easier access to up-to-date information, including news items and blog posts.

In addition to the website, supply chain management professionals now have access to new seminar-format educational offerings that deliver expertise on supply chain sustainability:

  •     Two introductory courses, Basics of Supply Chain Environmental Sustainability and Basics of Supply Chain Social Responsibility provide an introductory look at supply chain sustainability, perfect for junior and mid-level procurement and supply chain managers with responsibility for implementing sustainability initiatives, collecting sustainability data and helping report on sustainability. Basic-level courses are intended to get people up to speed on the environmental and social issues that are present in global supply chains and help participants begin to think through how to solve sustainability related challenges and build value.
  •     Two advanced courses, Mastering Supply Chain Environmental Sustainability and Mastering Supply Chain Social Responsibility, provide in-depth looks at supply chain sustainability and are designed for mid- and senior-level procurement and supply chain managers and executives with responsibility for creating sustainability strategies and tracking and reporting sustainability. Mastering-level courses explore environmental and social responsibility in depth and look at tools and strategies that work well, as well as those that work less well.

All four of the courses are designed to help companies eliminate risks, cut costs, and create value for their company. And they’re the most comprehensive sustainability training offerings aimed directly at the supply chain management community.

Another sustainability resource new to North America is Turnkey Solutions sustainability management software, available through Kuhn Associates. Turnkey Solutions, a web-based sustainability data collection, management and reporting tool has been deployed successfully in Asia and was recently adopted by BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group. The software is a perfect next step for businesses currently using Excel spreadsheets to manage sustainability data. According to Kuhn, “Turnkey Solutions is the ideal software system for companies wishing to collect, analyze and report sustainability information easily and at a low cost … usually in the low five figures. The software is web-based and has a very low implementation hurdle … perfect for companies getting into, or that want to get into, sustainability. It’s consistent with the Global Reporting Initiative and integrates well with IS014001 schemes. We think many companies will really like this product and we’re excited about introducing it in the market.” And it’s the only sustainability data management software created from the start in a network design model that reflects today’s global supply chains.

About Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC

Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors, LLC, is a New York-based sustainability consulting firm that advises companies throughout the supply chain about the intersection of sustainability and business. The firm leverages its founder's sustainability subject matter expertise and decade-long experience as a manufacturing company CEO to analyze clients' sustainability challenges and design and implement workable, lasting solutions. Information on the firm’s consulting, training, coaching and information resources can be found at http://www.kuhnassociatesllc.com.

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