WATCH: Supply chain transparency platform SCDP passes proof of concept

First announced at COP27, the project will enable monitoring and verification of environmentally and socially sustainable practices. 

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The overall goal of the Supply Chain Data Partnership (SCDP) is to make production, logistics, transport, storage and retail stages of the purchasing journey more transparent than ever. This will allow all stakeholders the opportunity to make decisions based on more complete information about the environmental impact of their partners. 

Since last year, a pilot has focused on achieving this within sectors including palm oil, soy and wood based packaging. All resources which are considered hugely problematic from an environmental point of view, efforts to improve sustainability within these markets are essential to reduce things like biodiversity and habitat loss, and carbon emissions. 

Established through a partnership between Ordnance Survey, Unilever, Esri UK, Deloitte, and Planet Labs, with Global Legal Entity Identification Foundation and GS1 UK since joining, the new global location register is now ready to expand to cover other types of supply chain, providing a detailed overview of the environmental and social standards of any organisation. It is also hoped that in the longer term, the platform will become available to consumers, so they can make better purchasing choices and reduce the impact of their own food. 

‘At OS we are committed to achieving a sustainable future. Demonstrating the value of this register and getting it to a proof of concept has been a major milestone. We can now demonstrate how location data and technology can help sustainability initiatives succeed by providing accuracy when it comes to monitoring, analysing, and modelling solutions – getting us one step closer to a sustainable and prosperous future,’ said Donna Lyndsay, Strategic Market Lead at Ordnance Survey. ‘Linking with the connected supply chain and entity experts GS1 UK and GLIEF, now provides us with the global reach this initiative needs to grow at pace. We are now keen to hear from any businesses who are interested in how the register can support their environmental and sustainability goals.’

You can find out more about the SCDP and what it can offer your organisation in the video below. 

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