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P&G Makes Sustainability Analysis Tool Freely Available; Heineken Rolls Out Supply Chain Analyzer

Procter & Gamble is to make its environmental sustainability scorecard analysis tool freely available to for use by any company.

The Excel-based tool, launched last year, enables companies to measure and interpret key environmental sustainability metrics across their supply chains and identify progress as well as opportunities for improvement. It measures absolute or intensity improvements in nine key metrics including energy use, water use, waste disposal and greenhouse gas emissions on a year-to-year basis, P&G says.

P&G estimates that the scorecard has led to nearly $1 billion in bottom-line operational savings from reductions in energy, water, waste and CO2 at its facilities over the past ten years.

By providing this tool for free, P&G says it hopes to enable other companies to more purposefully focus on improving their environmental footprint without investing in the development of analysis software. The scorecard and analysis tool are available here.

P&G has been increasing the openness of its business in other ways recently. The company is hoping to generate $3 billion in annual sales from products jointly developed with innovators from outside the firm.

In other supply chain analysis news, Heineken has announced that it will use an EcoVadis platform to monitor risks within its supplier base, spanning more than a 100 countries, and at the same time to identify innovative sustainability practices among suppliers. The EcoVadis platform will allow Heineken buyers all over the world access to easy-to-use, reliable sustainability ratings, covering 21 environmental and social criteria and measuring compliance with the key elements of Heineken’s supplier code, the company says.

Heineken and EcoVadis collaborated to develop questionnaires and scoring models covering specific malt, hops and grains categories. After a successful pilot program covering 150 strategic suppliers in 2011, the EcoVadis tool is now being rolled out on a global basis, the brewer says.

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3 thoughts on “P&G Makes Sustainability Analysis Tool Freely Available; Heineken Rolls Out Supply Chain Analyzer

  1. I commend P&G for trying to help other and spreading the knowledge around.

    However, I am hoping to clarify what “excel-based” really means? Is it just an excel spread that they have set up to track information, fields, and calculations?

    If so, its great that people will have access to that information, but its not really far to call it software.

    I work for a company called Locus Technologies and we provide EHS and Sustainability Software that leverages the internet to help manage information and data in a centralize location.

    Based on many conversations and helping upgrade from companies only using Excel, I caution companies beyond a certain scale on this approach.
    I can’t even imagine the process, time, and effort for rolling up and collecting this information from the sheer # of facilities P&G has to manage.

    Excel is a great tool don’t get me wrong (All our systems are able to spit out into a number of formats including excel if end users prefer to manipulate information in there instead of in the reporting interface) but Excel sheets are notoriously difficult to manage when it comes to things like version control, let alone limits to protect data quality and data input from human error, or the other numerous challenges that come along with it. You can sure, but it really then requires 3 or 4 more programs to accomplish the task well. Excel is really intended to be used by 1 -3 people and it isn’t really a centralized repository for remote access.

    Nevertheless, its good to see the big guys giving back to everyone and it’s a step in the right direction.

    I am curious what other think about this.

  2. It is cynical comments like that of NIKKI that will prevent meaningful dialogue between business and the sustainability lobby

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