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Supplier Sustainability Is Growing in Importance at 71% of Companies, But Few Reward Vendors for Green Programs Today: Jones Lang LaSalle

Survey results support Jones Lang LaSalle services that help corporations develop supply chain programs in line with Carbon Disclosure Project, LEED and Cradle to Cradle frameworks

CHICAGO, Apr. 19, 2012 – Nearly 60 percent of JLL procurement managers surveyed say their clients view environmental sustainability as a key factor in supply-chain decisions, and more than 70 percent see the importance of green products and services continuing to increase, according to a survey conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle.  Yet, only 13 percent of those surveyed can point to company programs that recognize vendors for improving their carbon footprint, energy efficiency, or environmental performance.
“Addressing sustainability in the supply chain is one of the biggest ways a company can reduce its environmental impact, but it is also one of the most challenging ways,” said Marc Campbell, Senior Vice President overseeing Strategic Sourcing at Jones Lang LaSalle. “Companies in service sectors such as banking may not have a high direct impact on the environment, but they often purchase goods and services from industries with the highest impact. Integrating sustainability criteria into procurement procedures helps companies make better choices, not only for the planet but in many cases for their own bottom line.”
With 2.1 billion square feet under management worldwide, Jones Lang LaSalle is responsible for more than $1.5 billion in annual client expenditures on services such as janitorial and food services as well as products ranging from light bulbs to carpeting.
For the past several years, Jones Lang LaSalle has collected basic information about the green purchase decisions in procurement spend managed for corporate and investor clients.  In response to increasing client interest, the firm recently launched its second-generation service capability, customizable to each company’s needs.  Capabilities of the new service include:
  • Ratings of products and services across multiple environmental screening criteria—such as carbon footprint, impact on air and water quality, and supplier transparency—in a way that allows clients to give greater weight to criteria most important to them;
  • Orientation of clients and vendors about the use of third-party frameworks such as LEED and Cradle to Cradle, which offer effective guidelines for integration into purchasing decisions;
  • Ongoing client and vendor education on best practices in real estate commodities such as food and janitorial services;
  • Assistance to companies that wish to develop recognition programs for vendors that make strong efforts to be green;
  • Data collection on green expenditures for the purpose of internal decision-making and/or f external disclosure through Carbon Disclosure Project and other vehicles.
“JLL’s approach started years ago by rating facility management products and services, but with our new services, companies are able to manage andreport information on the sustainability of their entire supply chain, not just their real estate portfolio,” said Michael Jordan, Executive Vice President of Sustainability Strategy at Jones Lang LaSalle.. “Because of our real estate orientation, our survey found that LEED was a the most common framework requested of our procurement officers, but the integration of requirements from the Carbon Disclosure Project and educating companies about the frameworks like Cradle to Cradle helps move our capability  into better alignment with the needs of sustainability leaders and chief procurement officers.  In today’s economy, companies collaborate better with suppliers for innovation, but are also exposed to more risk due to increased responsibility for what their suppliers do.”
Survey Results
In refining its sustainable supply chain capabilities, Jones Lang LaSalle sent surveys to more than 60 procurement officers on client account teams, who collectively oversee about $1.5 billion in annual expenses on facility related products and services. The procurement managers were asked to share their insight into the role that supply chain plays in the overall sustainability efforts of the companies they serve. Findings of the survey include:
  • More than half (57 percent) of companies consider improvements to the environmental / carbon footprint of their supply chain important;
  • About 71 percent of sourcing managers feel that supplier sustainability is growing in importance at the companies they serve;
  • Thirteen percent of companies have programs to recognize or reward vendors for improving their carbon footprint, energy efficiency, or environmental performance;
  • Almost half (47 percent) of facilities oriented procurement managers use LEED requirements as a guideline for procurement of green goods and services.
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.7 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,