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xpedx selects winner in Sustainability Challenge

Jun 29, 2011 12:00 AM


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xpedx announces it has selected a winning entry from a nationwide competition among student members of international nonprofit Net Impact to develop a sustainability survey and scorecard for its supply chain. The top entry comes from a team of MBA students at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. The winning team from the University of Michigan received a cash prize. Later this year, the team will also have the opportunity to present its work to xpedx senior leaders at its business headquarters in Cincinnati, as well as at the 2011 Net Impact Conference.

“We were impressed by the proposals from each of the teams,” says David Wallace, xpedx’s director of sustainability. “The students from the University of Michigan did the best job of applying this sustainability survey and scorecard to xpedx’s commitment to maintain sustainable operations, offer sustainable product choices and provide leadership in sustainable business practices across the supply chain.”

The scorecard will enable xpedx to verify its suppliers’ sustainability goals and policies. xpedx will launch a pilot version of the scorecard with targeted suppliers in July and will expand to the rest of its supply chain through early 2012.

“As xpedx implements the survey in the market with its new scorecard, it will not only move further toward its sustainability goals, but it will also help bring thousands of suppliers along with it,” says Millie Chu Baird, managing director, office of chief scientist, Environmental Defense Fund and one of six judges in the competition.