These recent partnership announcements emphasize the importance of collaboration when addressing sustainability challenges faced by supply chain and procurement professionals.
SPLC and SHIFT to Launch Sustainable Procurement Assessment Platform
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) is partnering with sustainability tools platform provider, SHIFT, to scale SPLC’s sustainable procurement assessment to help organizations achieve positive environmental and social impact across global supply chains. The tool not only diagnoses the state of current sustainability initiatives for procurement departments but also allows for benchmarking against peers and understanding strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.
Supply Chain Data Partnership (SCDP) Formed
To increase resilience to climate change, Ordinace Survey is working with Esri UK, Deloitte, Planet Labs PBC, and Trase to form the Supply Chain Data Partnership (SCDP) for supply chains, where satellite and location data “will be combined to build and maintain an international registry of certified supply chain assets such as mills, refineries, transport terminals, and processing plants.” The SCDP allows asset owners to demonstrate sustainable practices, lets buyers trace activity from certified assets at specific locations in the supply chain, and provides financial audit and regulatory compliance professionals with independent data that adheres to global registry standards.
Emitwise and Sedex Partner to Improve Supply Chain Sustainability Data
Emitwise and Sedex have partnered to provide deeper insights into challenging areas such as Scope 3 emissions for sustainability efforts. Emitwise’s carbon management platform helps companies understand, track and reduce their value chains’ carbon footprint. Sedex’s data platform and assessment tools span social topics “such as working hours, labour management practices, and worker demographics.” For suppliers and brands, the companies plan to provide greater supply chain sustainability data access in one place. First steps include the referral of each other’s services and collaboration development.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition Partners With Apparel Impact Institute
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) are working together on an initiative to support efforts to accelerate and scale decarbonization programs across the fashion industry. Key areas of collaboration include 1) research and ecosystem development for industry decarbonization financial support, 2) establishing standardization for setting impact targets, 3) creating action plans, and 4) tracking of reporting and data sharing achievements and engagement. The partnership will first support the development of the registry of proven carbon reduction solutions for the apparel industry, Climate Solutions Portfolio, and the Fashion Climate Fund, a funding model that supports carbon emissions reduction in supply chain tiers 1-4.