Founder Robert Clarke says the tool is part of Ecodesk’s vision to be an early warning system for non-financial factors in supply chains, providing businesses with an understanding of potential problems before they occur through transparent sustainability data.
Several information and communications technology firms have pilot tested its system — Ecodesk will not say which firms — and will go live with it later this month.
Ecodesk allows users to search, analyze and compare suppliers using what it says is the largest sustainability database worldwide. Its new conflict minerals monitor uses a standard Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition declaration form with the company’s digital supply chain dashboard. As each supplier completes a declaration on its sustainability profile, data is automatically connected to a customer dashboard, enabling businesses to analyze conflict mineral use by geography, industry and by individual smelters at a glance.
Suppliers tend to receive multiple requests for declarations following a Securities and Exchange Commission ruling in the US and a recent European Commission consultation, Ecodesk says. This means suppliers would normally have to answer each request separately. Ecodesk says it can help customers and their suppliers report once, but share many times, through its profile-based platform, thus avoiding having to complete repeat questionnaires.
In March, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, Del Monte Foods and MGM Resorts were among some 25 organizations that joined Ecodesk’s campaign to improve supply chain efficiency and transparency, and make it easier for businesses to measure scope 3 emissions.