Smart Innovators: Supply Chain Transparency Data Solutions

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Executive Summary

Over the past decade, large multinational firms have faced unrelenting pressure to monitor and manage EHS and sustainability information throughout their full supply chains, from resource extraction through post-use disposal. This report helps corporate decision-makers in EHS, sustainability, supply chain, and procurement roles who are responsible for supplier evaluation, selection, on-boarding and performance management better understand the current market landscape for technologies available to meet internal and external supply chain transparency pressures. Verdantix research identified seven functionality groups offered either partially or fully by vendors originating from ten background categories. Firms seeking to navigate this convoluted market landscape should invest time to explore possible technology-aided solutions; consider a single architecture platform for product, chemicals and EHS information; and ensure supplier-level EHS and sustainability risks are sufficiently assessed at the procurement stage.

Table of contents

Supply Chain Transparency Requires Data Management Across Diverse Activities

Understanding The Supply Chain Transparency Market
Firms Rely On Supply Chain Visibility To Better Manage Regulatory, Brand And Innovation Pressures
Supply Chain Transparency Software Solutions Offer Seven Core Functionality

Market Landscape Reveals Vendors With Diverse Backgrounds Across Ten Categories

Firms Should Prioritize Cross-Functional Visibility By Utilizing Integrated Platforms

Table of figures

Figure 1. Defining Supply Chain Transparency Software And Services
Figure 2. Drivers Behind Firms’ Focus On Supply Chain Transparency
Figure 3. Vendors From Diverse Backgrounds Offer Supply Chain EHS & Sustainability Solutions
Figure 4. Information Architecture For Integrating Product, Chemicals And EHS Data

Organisations mentioned

2degrees, A.T. Kearney, Accenture, Accuvio, Achilles, ADEC Innovations, Adidas, AECOM, AFFLINK, Airsweb, Alcatel-Lucent, Alcumus Group, Amber Road, AMEE, Anaplan, Antea Group, Anthesis Group, Appruv, Aravo, Arcadis, Ariba, Arup, ASDA, Assent Compliance, Avetta, Bacardi, Bain & Company, BASF, Benetton, BloombergBNA, Boston Consulting Group, BROWZ, BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions, CanQualify, CGI, CH2M, ChainPoint, ChemAdvisor, Coca-Cola, ComplianceMetrix, Conagra, Cority, CSRware, Dakota Software, DEKRA, Deloitte, DevonWay, DNV GL, Dow, DuPont, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, E2open, ECAT, Ecodesk, EcoOnline, EcoVadis, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), Enablon, Enhesa, Enviance, EQi Group, ERM, ERM CVS, ETQ, EU, EVONIK, EY, FigBytes, FIRST, FIRST,VERIFY, FoodLogiQ, Foresite Compliance Cloud, Gensuite, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), Global Safety Management, Golder, GreenSoft Technology, GTKonnect, H&M, Health & Safety Institute, Historic Futures, HSBC, IBM Watson Supply Chain, Ideagen, ifu Hamburg, Intelex, Interface, Intertek, iPoint-systems, ISN Software, IsoMetrix, J.C. Penney, Jacobs, Johnson & Johnson, KPA, KPMG, Kraft Heinz, Lloyd’s Register, Manufacture 2030, Mars, MasterControl, Mattel, Mitratech, Nestlé, Nike, Nordstrom, NYU, OECD, One Click LCA, OneLook Systems, openLCA, Oracle, OSHA, Parley For The Oceans, Patagonia, PepsiCo, Praedicat, PRé Sustainability, ProcessMAP, Pro-Sapien, Puma, PwC, Quentic, Rainforest Action Network, Ramboll, Red-on-line, RegScan, Remedy, ReposiTrak, Resilinc, Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), SafeTec, SafetyChain, SafetyStratus, SAI Global, Samsung, SAP, Sedex, Selerant, SHE Software, Siemens, SiteHawk, Source Intelligence, Sourcemap, SparesFinder, Sphera, SupplyShift, sustainabill, Sustrana, Takata, The CSR Group, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), thinkstep, Toxnot, Toyota, Turnkey Group, UL, Ulula, Unilever, Vault Intelligence, VelocityEHS, Veriforce, VERIFY, Verisk3E, VisiumKMS, VitalMetrics, Vodafone, Walmart, WASTELINQ, Weetabix, Wolters Kluwer, Zumtobel Group

About the authors

Yaowen Ma

Senior Analyst

Yaowen is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice covering research on digital technologies, best practices and growth strategies. His current agenda focuses on EHS information management and the overlap with product stewardship, supply chain transparency, and sustainability disclosures. Yaowen has more than five years of experience managing and delivering EHS and sustainability research and consulting engagements. He holds a dual major bachelor’s degree in environmental management and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

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