It’s a great time to be alive if you are even remotely interested in technology. Over the last few years new technologies have completely changed how we listen to music, order food or call a taxi. This same trend is occurring in the world of supply chains. How can we benefit from these emerging technologies and make our supply chain more sustainable?
On 30 and 31 May 2018, ChainPoint will attend RT’13 in Lille. The RT’13 conference is organised by the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), a valuable partner of ChainPoint. The theme of RT’13 is about gaining commitment to finding robust and equitable solutions in the supply chain of responsible soy, as well as to get long-term partnerships with other organizations and standards that share RTRS’s vision.
Next week ChainPoint will attend the 2018 Global Sustainability Conference, the global sustainability event hosted by ISEAL. This year, we are proud to say ChainPoint is the exclusive technology sponsor. , The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Driving Change For Greater Impact’.
ChainPoint has been working with brand owners, NGOs and other organisations for years to improve sustainability. One way for companies to improve their sustainability is by adopting a sustainability standard. Below we outline how standards can contribute towards a sustainable world.
When discussing conflict minerals and regulations, you will probably hear about the Dodd-Frank Act and section 1502. What is this Act and how does it relate to conflict minerals?
This year, ChainPoint will attend the 2018 Forum on responsible mineral supply chains that will take place from 17 till 20 April in Paris. ChainPoint's CEO Johan Zandbergen will be on the panel to discuss the use of technology on Wednesday April 18 at 14:15 in room CC1.
Since the rise of the internet and new technologies consumers today have far more tools at their disposal to research their purchases. No longer do they go to the shop around the corner to buy a recommended product, but instead do their own research, compare prices and read reviews online. This is also true when it comes to researching the origin of their products. Consumers want to know what is in their product, where it came from and how it was made.
Topics: sustainability standards
For many companies, the main sustainability impact lies in their supply chain. From sourcing sustainable material and ensuring the future livelihood of your farmers, up until transparently informing your consumers of your sustainability impact with tangible evidence. Every action you take to improve the sustainability of your business produces valuable data. Measuring this data and seeing the broad effect on your sustainability impact is the ultimate goal for every sustainable brand.
In a world where many of us depend every day on our smartphones, tablets and laptops, it’s fair to say that there’s a huge reliance on minerals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG). In some cases, minerals are sourced from conflict zones – so-called Conflict Minerals – where people, including children, are forced to work in dangerous mining conditions, whilst the money obtained for supplying such minerals goes towards buying arms, only further fuelling conflict. For children trapped in these conditions, it’s more than a bit ironic to say that technology is an enabler that helps people improve their situation and living conditions.
In the last few decades we’ve seen NGO’s, roundtables and industry initiatives all developing sustainability standards. At the time of writing, there are almost 400 sustainability standards covering every industry imaginable. We’ve also seen that consumers are ever more interested in the origin of the products they buy, wanting assurance that products are produced fairly and sustainably for everybody involved in their making.
Topics: sustainability standards