Low budgets and high expectations, public service and politics. You help keep the trains running on time, along with the recycling trucks (and the roads, the water, infrastructure…). One thing’s for sure: The buck really does stop here.
The margins are low and the market risks are high for the top dog in the value chain. The vast majority of your environmental footprint lies with your suppliers. Who do your answer to (besides stockholders)? The almighty consumer.
Whether we’re talking about packaging, durable goods, products or parts, it’s all about materials – source, improve and move them along the supply chain. Companies may be large or small, but you all operate equipment, produce saleable items and generate wastes.
The brands we all know – you shape modern society. If something is highly desired or ”in,” CPG company probably had a hand in it. These companies tend to be global and sophisticated in the marketplace, with an incredible grasp of consumer understanding, large manufacturing operations, and complex supply chains.
Your members make things, but your organization makes things happen. Experts at mission-driven collaboration, your team serves the common goals of your membership — competitors who, in most circumstances, would like to eat one another for lunch. It’s a delicate balance, but under the right circumstances trade associations represent the harnessed influence of an entire industry.
Pop quiz: Push aside the cutting-edge teaching and technology in higher education and what are you left with? Answer: A bustling, somewhat transient mini-city. Food, transportation, housing, waste collection, maintenance – these are constant undercurrents on campuses across the country. And much like a city, fiscal resources are tight and public perception rules.
At your customer’s service… Consumer trust is critical, and your operations are masterful at anticipating and filling needs. A large portion of your relatively small environmental footprint stems from resource flows and energy use.