Upstream Value Chain
The upstream part of your value chain includes all of the materials, people and environmental factors that contribute to your product and service.
Considering the social and environmental performance of your suppliers and their products when you are mapping and managing your value chain can help you find opportunities to add value and to reduce the risks for you and your suppliers.
Example of a retailer's upstream value chain
Sustainable procurement is a hugely important part of managing any business's value chain as it is often where a business can have the most influence or control.