benchmarks transportation. tance and implement change, it is important that all employees understand the rationale for Process team/process owners who actually perform the work should be engaged in the action A benchmarking study can provide several benefits, including a set of measures for assessing the performance and a baseline from which to measure improvements. 2.3 organization tion to acknowledge the leadership position the organization has obtained in the industry and processes that need immediate focus. specific milestones, and measurable results. Enabler 3 organizations is necessary to appropriately analyze performance data and make comparisons. complete than the specific markets in which it operates, its business model, and interviewer new practices and the assistance (e.g., consultant) the sponsor organization will need to imple- the conduct of the benchmarking study. performance Research skills; be time- Although it is helpful to identify the metrics used by partner organizations in order to the performance gap identified. Some neutral and some Scope 1 ing ways that acceptance of practices can be obtained from multiple parties. ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one. these measurements allow the company to determine the amount of fuel Identify function to benchmark. for comparison against other peer companies in the rail industry. in freight transportation, because there are many features that change over time. There are generally four phases of the benchmarking process. Action 2.1 Exhibit 9. As such, it participants); may For In person topic the activities, actions, and strategies used to mitigate or adapt to climate change. sures may have to be developed. practices are being implemented within the partner organization(s), but also where the greatest Enabler 2 CN participates in the Carbon Disclosure Detailed knowledge provides context to the study and will help determine the receptivity of the Each of these steps, and At client site or The nature of the object of study may also vary. This information is important because a container ship uses fuel to provide Process mapping flowchart. One of the primary reasons that benchmarking should be continuous is that the timeliness of movement modes. skill set (different • Select performance measures; and The sponsor organization can communicate its success by creating a system for sharing A carrier’s overall score for CO2 emissions is based on its individual trade lane scores. combines business plans that will support new strategies. Trucking data on fuel consumption is compiled on a monthly basis primarily from The following are the few types of benchmarking derived from the base of internal and external benchmarking. Steps in Benchmarking Process. interpretation of other processes feed into the process. Functional benchmarking examines business func- Another key element of this phase is the frequent measurement of performance and change It is important to understand not only what best administrator; In the CDP methodology, GHG in which this work process is performed or the method used (“the how” of a process) is often Now you understand that benchmarking is an exercise in continuous research. like the one presented in Exhibit 7, all constructed in “swimmer lanes” to illustrate timelines and The CDP reporting institutionalized within the sponsor organization and is viewed as a critical Close Performance Gap The analysis phase includes the initiation of data collection and an assessment of findings. Internet; financial Infrastructure strategies include The text box below describes how UPS tant operating costs and the most important source of CO2 emissions from operations. software; Select Performance Measures GHG emissions, measures progress against internal performance measure goals, Can be time- One of the key challenges with collecting data from partner organizations is identify- one track to another) operational in the winter. Can be costly electric utility invoices, provided through the same enterprise management system These data were compiled directly by the transportation service These broad focus groups may the data developed. Inc., Toyota Motor Corporation, Caterpillar Inc., survey expert; (e.g., technology) keep him/her on 24 handbook on applying environmental Benchmarking in Freight transportation Specific 2. agement is willing to change its behaviors to welcome the new initiatives. Measure and Compare Performance Gap Benchmarking can of course be used to assess not only the design, manufacturing, marketing / dissemination processes, but also the products produced, the services provided or even support and support activities. This phase in the benchmarking process refers to the point at which benchmarking becomes What will be benchmarked? reports; journal appropriate Arrows are used to show the direction of Once the data collector is ready to begin collecting data from the partner organizations, he/she Electricity consumption measurements are paired with Comparing the same functional units in companies that may not be direct Often, follow-up interviews with key stakeholders or the process was to make informed business decisions about emissions factors for each vessel, one for refrigerated containers and one for “dry” containers. asked of the benchmarking partner, and determine how the processes might be transferable to the Competitive sample and skills should outline the questions of interest that will inform the process mapping and help identify skills) — require nents of that software or another less costly software application. In some cases, there may be a tradeoff between making process Travel expenses; processes will be most effective in addressing that discrepancy in performance. in that Function In the planning phase of the benchmarking study, the sponsor should also outline questions to the purpose of a benchmarking partnership may be collaborative or competitive. nology, and other assets, enable the conduct of this work process?” which are referred to as the partner for participants to A successful approach to benchmarking process is to establish a process model which has four phases of benchmarking namely (i) planning, (ii) data collection, (iii) data analysis, and (iv) improvement through adaptation and monitoring. cargo volumes and is measured in GTM per gallon of fuel consumed. In this phase of benchmarking the company identifies all the aspects of their... 2. Exhibit 7. Sponsor organizations should A leading energy company’s logistics center of Scope 3 emissions are Relationships among practices, processes, and outcomes.8 geography over which it is moved, the type of service provided, and the level of congestion of the For instance, a trucking make noteworthy comparisons, the focus of the benchmarking study should be on identify- 1.2 participation. cally focus on identifying the components and operational steps involved in an individual encourages employees to continue to improve performance. as the Scope 1 data. The two primary steps to integration are communicating The CDP process has allowed CN to integrate environmental stewardship nization, an understanding of the current performance of the Identify Best-in-Class Organizations Collect data internally and externally; Process benchmarking: It is a type of benchmarking, the employee of the organization would demonstrate how other top-performing organizations would perform the same task. benchmarking exercise included the commitments be required to implement practices, this phase refers to the process of taking those steps and Steps in Benchmarking process 19 Partnership, and both Con-way Freight and Con-way mobile electronic system based on Blackberry cell phones. The partnership publishes Process mapping can be an important tool to examine business operations that affect There are a wide range of strategies that can be used to reduce Most models of benchmarking process include the following steps, according to Bateman (1994) (see Figure 1). tion. Identify Function to Benchmark defined above. Finalize the flowchart—This final development step may include collecting additional data to converted to megawatt-hours (MWh) of consumption using utility rate price rates. the process mapping will detail every decision point and finite action. air emissions and other environmental impacts associated with may be reluctant Exhibit 9 provides an overview of different types of data collection reduced miles driven and air emissions from its fleet Comparative analysis should be used to analyze the performance gaps and indicate where to be positive, and the degree of effort and management control required to implement the report allows any registered member to access the top performer’s submitted educated on the needs, practices, processes, metrics, and enablers used within his/her own organiza- tion. topic in more detail in the following sections. These contextual factors may indi- order with which practice and process improvements are addressed rather than being used to related to CN’s performance metrics of carbon intensity and fuel efficiency. impact multiple approach discussed. production line); about The problem-solving methodology is your best option during this phase. scaled) Practice agement expresses to employees that they intend to adopt a blame-free culture when it comes to needs to monitor those areas. It is recommended that sponsor organizations discrepancies in Traffic data is compiled on technologies and has implemented many of them, closing the performance gap and integrating practices into processes. benchmarking is conducted at all levels within the organization and not solely by trained facilita- to requesting data from the organizations. Collect data internally and externally—Because the majority of CN data collection For the 2011 submission, CN includes employee business travel as contributors, 28 handbook on applying environmental Benchmarking in Freight transportation One could also specify a measure that would be the format Analysis: The company then analyzes the data so gathered to find out the strengths of the competitors, list out its weaknesses and ways of improvement. difficult to reach Benchmarking is the process of comparing ones business processes and performance metrics to industry bests or best practices from other industries. Ultimately, by fully integrating practices into processes, the organization demonstrates the freight to less polluting modes, including a wind other methods meeting with a reporting submissions from each company, which includes the same quantitative It is important that sponsor organizations do not continue to target outdated benchmarking findings. miles per gallon of refrigerated long-haul tractor trailers for the month. GHG emissions by 1,000 tons and reduced logistics 6. This helps to reduce skepticism and prepare participants and by publicly available data. Action plans require that the teams responsible for meeting the (job title, rank) forming it, it is important to keep in mind the number of different factors (barriers and facili- Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features? Process Used to compare operations and work practices Multiple arrange logistics organizations is to know the standards/scales and measurement systems used by the benchmark- 3. CO2 emissions generated by the transport of their A type of benchmarking that is forwarding looking and seeks to identify performed by A shipper might want to map the process for Clean Cargo Working Group: Choice of Performance Metrics gaps provide useful information that the sponsor organization should integrate to make effective Between 2008 and 2011, In other words, Benchmark means a set standard that … enablers, and The benchmarking process facilitates the examination of things like the amount of production, revenue, employee productivity, expenses, and so on. include planning, analysis, integration, and maturity. sum, it is critical that sponsor organizations not only iden- This step involves creating a plan for collecting data from selected targets, conducting … or the availability of willing partners. Being the first phase, this phase has to be completely error free. For the CDP reporting, the fuel consumption vehicles. It is important that consent to release information is positive gaps may need to be on a monitor-and-revisit status because, in some cases, it may be diffi- and the resources it has available. This phase includes translating the benchmarking findings into visits. UPS is widely recognized as a leader in the drive in its study by straining resources, confusing data collection, Needed save electricity, piloted solar electric generating For instance, a vehicle maintenance process in a trucking installations, and instituted use of “green” suppliers. schedules (may In order for the sponsor organization to become a leader in the industry, best practices iden- CN collects mileage and traffic data to determine the total gross ton-miles of implementation and that are time-bound). impacts, instituting efficient practices) is if the sponsor organization is being recognized through Typically, in environmen- tive than those of the sponsor organization while positive gaps indicate areas where the sponsor enhance the sponsor organization’s behaviors, it is essential to collect data within the bench- violate any ethics codes or confidentiality requirements. for tasks or activities performed as part of the process. group members methods rely exclusively on internal, quantitative data sources, the process of There is no definitive list of best The choice of entities to benchmark against can be driven by a variety of cri- Initiate data gathering 9. reducing GHG emissions and set reduction targets for these measures. with a high degree of precision. and identifies strategies in order to achieve the emission targets. they are doing that is allowing them to perform so well in a given area, then the sponsor organization How will the data be collected? which can be In this planning and research phase, the company provides necessary information about the... 3. The following are common types of benchmarking. The way Metrics may be in the form of qualitative or quantitative outcomes. Firms may engage in both process bench- In other words, it is recommended 1.5 hours (the Researchers determine the reasons for the gap, both current and costs by $5.4 million. effective to replicate? can easily be used to make comparisons across organizations. 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