However, seen through the prism of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria, the reliability of its supply-side has become a paramount concern. Their intricate supply chain spans multiple global regions, each with its unique ESG outlook, often diverging from the client’s home turf. Stringent regulations governing medical devices, including mandates from the EPA, OSHA, FDA, and voluntary ESG standards such as those recommended by the SASB, have added complexity. Furthermore, regulatory scrutiny of industry peers, particularly regarding supplier practices in other regions, has heightened the urgency of ESG compliance.
ESG regulations often exist at a high level, making it challenging for enterprises to develop a comprehensive understanding of their implications. Transforming ESG concepts into actionable strategies, especially across a distributed supply base, presents an even greater challenge.
In early 2022, SpendEdge procurement experts, well-versed in the nuances of the medical devices industry, embarked on a collaborative journey with the medical devices leader. Their mission: to enhance the company’s sustainability roadmap, aligning it with the evolving ESG landscape leading up to the end of the decade.
The journey began with an in-depth analysis of sustainability best practices adopted not only within the medical technology sector but across various industries that had achieved remarkable results. This comparative assessment highlighted areas where the company could bridge gaps in its sustainability initiatives.
To further refine the approach, experts developed rigorous risk scores for a curated list of vendors across multiple ESG parameters, encompassing the three pillars of ESG. These parameters included factors like water conservation, GHG emissions, equitable hiring practices, labor rights, fiscal stability, as well as bribery and corruption risks. This stringent evaluation process led to the identification of a select group of vendors capable of catalyzing the company’s sustainability initiatives.
At present, the company is in advanced negotiations with one of the vendors identified in the shortlist. Additionally, they have engaged the services of SpendEdge to provide real-time updates and research insights in the dynamically evolving regulatory landscape. This ongoing partnership ensures that the company remains at the forefront of changing legislation, enabling them to proactively meet ESG expectations set by investors, shareholders, and key stakeholders.
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