Many companies are seeking ways to better understand the sustainability performance of companies within their supply chains while responding to similar requests from their own customers. While the objectives of such efforts are often similar, the format and content vary. Several industry groups and 3rd party platform providers have developed Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) solutions that streamline the process for gathering SCS data and provide a common framework for assessing the sustainability performance of suppliers. Through case studies, GEMI seeks to highlight examples of how companies are utilizing certain SCS harmonization solutions (Ecodesk, EcoVadis, EICC/Responsible Business Alliance, Sedex) to impact business decision-making and the extent to which these solutions have reduced fatigue related to data collection and reporting for both buyers and suppliers.
GEMI believes there is strong potential to enhance coordination across efforts and further increase focus on the data that drives action while reducing the burden to both buyer and supplier across industries, and will continue to facilitate cross-industry dialogue and action to address this opportunity through GEMI’s SCS Work Group going forward. Please contact GEMI Program Manager Kellen Mahoney (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to learn more about how you can engage in GEMI’s efforts.
Special thanks to 2017 GEMI member companies and Supply Chain Sustainability project participants for their leadership and engagement, including American Chemistry Council, Ashland, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Carnival Corporation & plc, Corn Refiners Association, Ecolab, ExxonMobil Chemical, FedEx, Gannett Fleming, Hexion, IPIECA, Merck, Plastics Industry Association, P&G, Perdue Farms, Schlumberger, Sealed Air, Smithfield Foods and Smith & Nephew. Special thanks also to Mary Beth Jordan, MBJ Strategies for her work in supporting this effort.
*Note that the information provided is based on solutions developed as of June 2017 and is subject to change over time.