Greening the Supply Chain is an integral part of our Go Green strategy and of environmental sustainability. This program embodies our commitment to engage our value chain to further our mutually beneficial environmental stewardship goals, to reduce our carbon footprint, minimize waste, and conserve resources through innovation, communication and sustainable practices.
Learn more about our long-term absolute reduction goals to reduce carbon emissions, energy, waste to landfill and water usage in the Go Green 2020 program.
Green Procurement is the purchase of environmentally preferred products and services. An ‘Environmentally Preferred’ product is a product that fulfills one or more of the following criteria:
Green Procurement can apply to office products, printing services, electronic equipment, fleet vehicles, appliances, lighting, construction, renovations and maintenance, and more.
The purchase of the above products supports our waste, water, energy and carbon reduction goals, as well as customer flow-downs for Green purchasing and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™) certification pre-requisites. Pending confirmed cost competitiveness and quality performance, environmentally preferred products and services may be considered as the first choice in procurements.
A significant waste stream identified within Lockheed Martin is cafeteria waste. Through the sharing of best practices, Lockheed Martin cafeteria managers have implemented local recycling partnerships at their facilities, and leveraged cafeteria service provider initiatives to significantly reduce waste to landfill.
Proper product packaging is an integral part of the successful transportation and delivery of any business’s shipped products. Improper packaging can lead to costly problems for both the shipper and the customer, and excessive packaging leads to increases in the flow of waste to landfill. Our objective under this waste reduction focus area is to encourage preferred packaging techniques aimed to reduce packaging waste and minimize environmental impacts whenever feasible.
Preferred packaging materials are typically made from renewable and/or recycled sources; manufactured using clean production technologies and sustainability principles; made from materials healthy in all probable end-of-life scenarios; designed to optimize materials and energy; and effectively recovered and utilized in biological and/or industrial cradle-to-cradle cycles. Some examples of preferred packaging materials include the following:
In addition to supporting Go Green reduction goals, improved packaging provides other benefits through the use of renewable and locally sourced materials, as well as the efficient use of transport and storage space. All packaging systems must be compliant with existing contractual and technical (i.e., engineering) requirements and must protect the part to prevent damage.
Lockheed Martin’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines can assist our suppliers with proper packaging techniques to prevent damage and reduce packaging waste that is disposed in landfills.
Lockheed Martin has successfully partnered with our electronic waste (eWaste) recycling vendors in order to ensure that our used electronics are responsibly managed. Of note, the e-Stewards certification requirement has become a contract requirement for Lockheed Martin’s corporate-approved eWaste vendors beginning in 2013. E-Stewards-certified recyclers undergo a professional audit every year to guarantee they do not export hazardous recycling byproducts to developing countries, use U.S. prison labor, or dump in municipal landfills. E-Stewards recyclers also ensure that their operations protect both workers and the environment.
We encourage our suppliers to consider using e-Stewards-certified recyclers – to ensure that eWaste is being responsibly managed.
For information on Lockheed Martin’s commitment to the responsible recycling and stewardship of eWaste, click on the image below: