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Ecodesk Aims to Improve Supply Chain Emissions Reporting

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, Del Monte Foods and MGM Resorts are among some 25 companies that have joined an Ecodesk campaign to improve supply chain efficiency and transparency, and make it easier for businesses to measure scope 3 emissions.

The “LinkedIn of sustainability,” Ecodesk allows users to search, analyze and compare suppliers using what it says is the largest sustainability database worldwide, with more than 1 million company profiles.

Its Global Supply Chain Innovator Program uses Ecodesk’s automated platform and profiles a company’s top 50 to 500 suppliers’ energy use, carbon emissions, waste and water consumption — without requiring suppliers to fill out any questionnaires. Ecodesk then produces reports showing financial savings, efficiency gains, risk mitigation and environmental stewardship results business can expect by improving supply chain sustainability.

Ecodesk forecasts London Stock Exchange-listed firms alone could save £3 billion ($4.5 billion) in 2013 through supply chain measuring and reporting, based on savings already experienced through customer supply chain reporting programs.

Other companies using Ecodesk to improve supply chain sustainability include software developer CA Technologies, information and analytics company IHS, UK facilities management firm Mitie, high-speed rail service provider Eurostar and business information giant Reed Elsevier.

The Supply Chain Innovator Program is accepting up to 50 organizations until March 31.

Seventy percent of companies say climate change has the potential to negatively impact their revenue; but there is a gap between major multinational companies that belong to the Carbon Disclosure Project and their suppliers, according to a January study published by the CDP and Accenture.

The research finds that suppliers are significantly less prepared than their clients in responding to climate change. Suppliers demonstrate a lower level of ambition to mitigate climate change risk, with just 38 percent setting emission reductions targets in comparison to 92 percent of purchasing companies. Similarly, at 27 percent, the percentage of suppliers investing in activities to reduce emissions is less than half that of CDP member companies (69 percent).

 

 

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