Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (EUISSCA)
In an effort to address common questions and challenges regarding how to address sustainability and become `more green`, the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance was formed in 2008. Generally called the Alliance, the group was formed by several electric utility supply chain executives who recognized the potential benefits of working together to green the electric utility industry supply chain in 2009, the Alliance was registered as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation.
In an effort to address common questions and challenges regarding how to address sustainability and become 'more green', the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance was formed in 2008. Generally called the Alliance, the group was formed by several electric utility supply chain executives who recognized the potential benefits of working together to green the electric utility industry supply chain. In 2009, the Alliance was registered as a 501(c) 6 non-profit corporation.
The Alliance aspires to be known as the leader in establishing a robust and sustainable electric utility industry supply chain including advancing the maturity level of our members and stakeholders.
The Alliance's mission is to work with its members and interested stakeholders to minimize the impacts on the environment of our supply chain operations. This will be accomplished by:
- Developing voluntary consensus standards and frameworks;
- Working with stakeholders and value chain partners to identify and exchange successful practices; and
- Delivering tangible business value to member organizations through the application of sustainability practices.
The values governing the Alliance are as follows:
- Independence – The Alliance is an independent body.
- Openness – The Alliance conducts its standards development activities in an open and transparent manner.
- Inclusivity – All interested parties have the opportunity to participate in the standards development activities of the Alliance.
- Voluntary – Participation in the Alliance is voluntary and adherence to its standards is voluntary and not a condition of membership or participation.
- Consensus-Based Decisions – The voting procedures are intended to encourage decisions based upon consensus (i.e., general agreement, but not necessarily unanimity).
- Membership Driven – The Alliance’s activities are driven by its members.
- Develop Standards, Not Policy – The Working Teams of the Alliance develop standards that can be implemented at each member’s discretion.
- Incorporate Best Practices – The standards developed reflect standardization and streamlining of existing best practice activities as well as anticipated policies and practices.
- Broad Applicability – Standards are structured to be applicable to the electric utility industry as a whole.
The current membership of the Alliance includes: Ameren, Arizona Public Service Company, Bonneville Power Administration, Consumers Energy, Con Ed, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy, Eversource, Exelon, New York Power Authority, OGE Energy Corp, Pacific Gas & Electric, Salt River Project, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. Together, these electric utilities have over $150 billion dollars in combined revenue, serve over 85 million customers, provide service to 32 different states and have over $50 billion in non-fuel spend annually.
Governance and Operations
The Alliance is structured as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization and is registered as a 'standards development organization' under the Standards Development Organization Advancement Act of 2004. Activities related to the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain are subject to compliance with all federal and state antitrust laws. The Alliance is not a buying cooperative nor is it a certification program. Information used to make purchasing decisions is up to each individual company. The Alliance will not recommend specific suppliers or specific products. A five-person Executive Committee, elected for a one year term, provides leadership.
The Alliance and all its activities are subject to compliance with all federal and state antitrust laws. As an organization we do not discuss any company specific pricing, vendor terms and conditions, discounts or anything else that may affect prices, allocations of markets, specific vendor experiences, or any other competitively sensitive information.
The purpose of the Alliance's strategic plan is to outline our commitment to success for the electric utility industry's sustainable supply chain. This plan will be used as a communication tool to inform Alliance members, non-member electric utilities, suppliers to the industry, and other key stakeholders about the Alliance's vision, mission and goals. Because the Alliance operates in an ever-changing work where the application of sustainability is evolving, the strategic plan is a living document and will be updated as needed.
To be successful in achieving this future state the Alliance must rely upon its membership, Alliance members realize they are making a difference and are energized by their work and ability to use their talents toward a greater purpose. The strategic framework to the left provides the structure under which we operate.
Monthly call with all members to review and progress the Alliance working group items and agenda. The first 1/2 hour of each call is for practice sharing with Supplier Affiliate Members and Utility Members.
Annual Sustainable Sourcing Conference
Typically held the final week of September each year, the Alliance invites members, non-member utilities and suppliers for a 1-1/2 day event to address the challenges of creating a cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable supply chain.
Annual CPO Roundtable
In 2015 the Alliance launched a CPO Roundtable to raise the visibility of the business case for supply chain sustainability, and to engage top utility management in the drive to adopt sustainability best practices in supply chain activities and supplier networks. This continues to be held at least once per year.
Products and Services
Monthly best practice-sharing webinars in which member utilities and/or supplier affiliate members present or showcase a product or service strategy that is helping to reduce the company's environmental footprint in some way.
Annual assessment of top suppliers from all member utilities to gauge performance on key sustainability performance indicators. A single survey is distributed to all suppliers and results are tracked over time to provide performance trends and benchmark data for the individual Alliance members.