Presentation at Raw Materials Summit 2019

“Connecting innovation in the raw material sector” is the topic of the Raw Materials Summit 2019. It is organized by EIT Raw Materials which aims to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materials sector along the value and supply chain. The event will take place on the 20-22 May in Berlin.

We are very happy that we were selected to present our innovative solution in the field of raw materials at the Ventures Forum of the summit. Our CEO, Klaus Wiesen, will talk about challenges in a mineral supply chain and how those can be tackled with the sustainabill platform.

More information about the event can be found here.

EIT Raw Materials supported sustainabill with a grant to tackle critical raw material issues in supply chains.

UN Global Environment Outlook calls for urgent actions

“Urgent and inclusive action is needed by decision makers at all levels to achieve a healthy planet with healthy people” states the UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019). The report assesses the current state of the environment and possible approaches to achieve internationally agreed environmental goals such as the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Key messages warn that damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken. The necessities to a truly inclusive green economy, especially in Europe, include a “green” public and private sector procurement, lean production systems and healthy consumption choices.

Further highlighted is the fact that the world has the science, technology and finance it needs to move towards a more sustainable development pathway, however sufficient support is still missing from the business and political leaders who are clinging to outdated production and development models.

Over 90% of environmental impacts come from the deeper supply chain. Our sustainabill platform helps your company to reduce environmental risks and issues along the complete supply chain. Multiple company functions such as procurement, marketing and compliance can benefit from the fact-based supply chain information.

The UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) can be found here.

European companies need more transparency on high-risk supply chains

Sustainability information published by European companies are not specific and transparent enough. This is the result of a study from the Alliance for Corporate Transparency, a three-year research project. The study analysed the CSR reports from large companies and financial corporations. Over 90% of companies express a commitment to respect human rights and over 70% endeavour to ensure the protection of human rights even in their supply chains. However, only a minority of 6% of companies disclosed information about suppliers in identified high-risk supply chains.

Since 2014 the EU regulation on non-financial reporting (Directive 2014/95/EU) requires large companies to provide non-financial information on environmental, social and workers’ concerns. The Alliance for Corporate Transparency calls for improving the EU Directive regarding companies‘ disclosure obligations. Among their requirements are

  • greater transparency on high-risk supply chains, the results, consequences and limitations of audits.
  • clear requirements for disclosure of companies‘ long-term transition plans towards a CO2-free economy.
  • focus on clear indicators in the area of disclosure and due diligence of human rights issues related to specific risks and incidents and their management.
  • more forcefully require disclosure of the key elements of the anti-corruption programme and its application to third parties.

With sustainabill, companies can improve the transparency in their high-risk supply chains, and collaborate with sub-suppliers to access certifications and audit results. This allows to tackle human rights issues and lower CO2-emissions in the supply chain.

The report can be found here.

How sheeps suffer for Merino wool

Warm jumpers from Merino wool are in most people’s winter wardrobe. A recent report from ZDF and Spiegel showed that most Merino sheeps undergo a painful intervention called mulesing. The mostly overbred sheeps have large skin folds – a potential source for deadly infections. During Mulesingtheseskin folds are cut away which us a cruel and painful procedure. Although the demand for wool, for which no sheep has to suffer, increases, only ten percent of merino wool is mulsing-free. The authors of the report took the test and asked 34 well-known retailers and brands about the source of the Merino wool in their productswith none of them being able to respond.

sustainabill helps fashion brands to understand their supply chain

With sustainabill, fashion brands get the transparency in their supply chain they need to quickly respond to stakeholder questions. They can find out where their products come from mapping every step of the supply chain. This is more and more important, as consumers want to know where their raw materials came from and how humans, animals or the environment are affected by the production of their products.

Wuppertal Institut unter weltweit führenden Think Tanks

The Wuppertal institute, partner of our supply chain transparency platform, has been voted for the second time into the top ten in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index. More than 8,100 contributions from universities, media representatives, politicians and think tank staff were analyzed this year according to what role they play in governments and civil societies around the world. Being ranked ninth place in the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), it makes the Wuppertal instituteone of the world’s leading international think tanks in the Environment Policy category.

Vortrag beim Organic Textile Forum

Unter dem Motto „Beschaffung im Wandel – Best Practice nachhaltiger Textilbeschaffung“ findet vom 8, bis 9. Mai das Organic Textile Forum in Konstanz statt.

Klaus Wiesen wird vor Ort sein und einen Vortrag zum Thema „Supply Chain Mapping – Problemorientierte Methode für mehr Transparenz in der Textilindustrie“ halten.

Mehr Informationen zur Veranstaltung sind hier zu finden.

sustainabill in Copernicus-Incubator aufgenommen

Satellite information have huge potential to ensure truly sustainable supply chains. We have been selected to join the Copernicus Incubator Programme – a programme which supports the most innovative and commercially promising business applications based on Copernicus data and services. Using Copernicus data for remote data analysis will allow us to automatically validate supplier self-information and assess sustainability risks. 

We will develop an open interface to integrate satellite data for remote data analysis. Via the interface, Copernicus data and processed satellite data from other start-ups and organisations can be integrated directly into the sustainabill platform.

More information to the Incubator Programme can be found here.

Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit Humanity United

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by Humanity United for a grant to strengthen Social Lifecycle Assessments in global Supply Chains. Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. Through this grant, we will use our sustainabill cloud platform to discover facilities in high-risk areas and measure the happiness of workers. We are especially proud to collaborate with Humanity United on our vision for making supply chains transparent and sustainable.

Throughout the project, we will be working closely with industry and service partners. Right now, we are excited to partner up with the award-winning ethical trade consultancy Impactt, which specialises in improving labour conditions and raising productivity in global supply chains in a way that benefits brands, sites, and workers alike. Our cooperation with Humanity United and Impactt, both of whom promote the social dialogue and with expertise in understanding human rights, gives us the opportunity to not only learn from our partners, but also to further grow and shape sustainabill towards having a meaningful impact on every individual involved in the supply chain.

Klaus Wiesen, CEO of sustainabill, says “We are thrilled to start the project and take social assessments to the next level. Creating a team of experts from all spectrums involved in the supply chain offers our innovation the chance to have a tangible impact on people’s lives.” At sustainabill, we feel that specifically combining the needs and wants of the diverse stakeholders within a supply chain, from business to worker, creates a new advantage for industry by at the same time improving labour conditions. We want to bridge this gap. Collaborating with Humanity United brings us one step closer to this goal and we couldn’t be more excited to start.