CPI2 - improve environmental performance in supply chains

CPI2 has the tools to provide a benefit for factories, retailers and the environment

The "Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative” (CPI2) is an initiative of retailers and brands aiming to be front runners in environmental protection. CPI2 offers a unique, action driven and powerful approach to reduce the environmental impact of products. It supports manufacturers by practical and concrete advice.

Three simple facts:

1. Leverage to reduce environmental impact for a retailer is in the supply chain

2. Many factories face increasing costs as well as regulations and require support 

3. Supply chains are complex - a scalable, professional management tool is needed  

With CPI2, retailers and factories have access to a tool that allows environmental improvements on a global scale for the first time. Combining a systematic analysis with an online approach and a focus on guidance, CPI2 has the power to become a worldwide standard in environmental protection.

Jinnat Knitwear Ltd. from Bangladesh wins the "CPI2 Top Factory Award"

The factory Jinnat Knitwear Ltd. from Bangladesh has won the "CPI2 Top Factory Award". The award was given for the first time to one of the 500 textile and shoe manufacturers from 17 countries that currently use CPI2 successfully. Jinnat Knitwear stood out from the applications through outstanding commitment. Jinnat, a company of the DBL Group based in Dhaka, has saved more than 900 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) through its extensive program of measures. Jinnat is also planning an ambitious program for this year to further promote energy efficiency and environmental protection.

See local press: The Daily Star and The Financial Express

Press release: Bangladeshi textile producer wins CPI2-Award for exemplary climate protection

CPI2 factory of the Month - November 2015: Warsaw International, India

Warsaw International is an advanced factory with having implemented a systematic energy management. As one of their project, the factory installed a 1 MW solar facility on the rooftop. 

  • Production of 5 000 kWh electricity per day 
  • Saving more than 30% of Diesel consumption for generators
  • Additional revenues by reselling Renewable Energy Certificates

Warsaw generated savings and additional revenues by the renewable energy certificates by US$ 380 000. Payback of the investment is within 3 years. 

Image Source of logo: UNFCCC

CPI2 at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw

Side Event organized by German Environmental Agency

CPI2 has been presented at the United Nations' Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 19) by Christian Dietrich (Director CPI2). At the panel Jochen Flasbarth (President of Umweltbundesamt), Christoph Bals (Policy Director of German Watch), Nigel Topping (Chief Innovation Officer of Carbon Disclosure Project) and Dr. Johannes Merck (Vice President Corporate Responsibility of Otto Group) discussed climate protection in global supply chains. They agreed strongly that retailers must advocate CO2-reductions among their business partners. There is enormous potential. CPI2 has taken a leading role by providing an action-driven and effective approach.

Click here to see a video of CPI2 at the Climate Change Conference

“Environmental issues do not end at the doorstep of import companies.”

Dr. Matthias Händle, CEO Hamm Reno Group

Guidance towards improved
environmental performance



    There are large potentials of improving environmental performance in the supply chain. The use of energy, water and chemicals can be optimized in any factory. For example, 10% of energy and water consumption can be saved by simple measures at no or low costs. Also health and safety standards in chemical use will be improved by systematically making use of CPI2



    CPI2 enables factories to become more energy efficient and reduce their environmental impact. It provides a systematic analysis, concrete guidance and a structured management approach. Progress will not happen over night – CPI2 establishes a process of continuous improvement.



    The price level for electricity, fuels and water is increasing in many regions. Rising prices have a negative impact on production costs of consumer goods. Furthermore, CPI2 helps to minimize risks related to stricter environmental regulations. 



    CPI2 offers retailers and brands an effective instrument to reduce the environmental impact among their suppliers. It creates a path towards excellency of business partners. All suppliers can now be reached at once. Improvements can start straight away. Factories will improve their overall performance. CPI2 enhances the relationship between retailer and supplier. 



    Consumers worldwide are increasingly aware of environmental issues in the supply chain. They demand more responsibility from brands and retailers. CPI2 makes the supply chain more sustainable.


Improving energy, water and chemical use in the supply chain becomes easy.


Know-how transfer enables factories to take action.


Retailers benchmark suppliers and improve excellence levels.

“We bear responsibility towards our customers, our employees and our suppliers, but also towards the generations to come. Energy efficiency and savings are core issues of our sustainable business.”

Dagmar Heuer, Managing Director Sourcing & Purchasing, Ernsting's family