Sourcemap partners with Bluenumber to provide continuous monitoring of smallholder supply chains

Sustainable agriculture starts with smallholders: the more than 500 million farmers worldwide who grow crops on less than 50 hectares of land. They are responsible for the majority of the world’s cotton, coffee, and cocoa. Until now, it’s been prohibitively expensive to map these farms. That’s why Sourcemap is partnering with Bluenumber to bring its open ID standard to map smallholder supply chains and build the world’s largest smallholder database. 

“Consumers and brands want to know that they are supporting sustainable, equitable agricultural livelihoods. Integrating the Bluenumber standard gives our customers the assurance that they are buying from sustainable suppliers, no matter how many or how distributed they may be around the world,” said Sourcemap CEO Leonardo Bonanni.

“Sourcemap defines how data is best used to visualise and analyse supply chains. By working together we offer a solution scaleable to millions of farmers, by recognising them and establishing trust through traceability for any crop” said Puvan Selvanathan, CEO of Bluenumber.

Bluenumber and Sourcemap are committed to supply chain transparency. Following a pilot with the palm oil industry later this year, the Bluenumber standard – and all of the farms that have been mapped – will be published openly on both companies’ websites. For more information visit bluenumber.org and sourcemap.com

SOURCEMAP, XEROX WIN THE 2017 GEC CATALYST AWARDS

For too long companies have wanted to know more about their supply chains, only to be discouraged by the time and the resources needed to go it alone. That’s why we’re introducing a new kind of social network for brands and manufacturers within an industry to map their shared supply chains and collect data every step of the way – data essential to establishing benchmarks for social and environmental impact. We’re thrilled that the Green Electronics Council selected our Supply Chain Communities for this year’s Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation award at CES Asia, and look forward to working with the industry to advance visibility and sustainability throughout the global electronics supply chain.

From the Green Electronics Council's press release:

SHANGHAI, CHINA – June 8, 2017 – The Green Electronics Council (GEC) announced at CES Asia today that Xerox Corporation, a global document solutions, technologies and services corporation, and Sourcemap, Inc., the supply chain transparency company, won its 2017 GEC Catalyst Awards. GEC’s annual Catalyst Awards seek to inspire innovation in the design, manufacture and use of electronics to advance global sustainability.
GEC’s Catalyst Awards honor sustainability achievements in two categories. The “Catalyzing Impact at Scale” award recognizes the large-scale impact leading corporations can have when changing the design, manufacture and intended use of their products. GEC’s “Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation” award recognizes cutting-edge technologies that raise sustainability to a whole new level.
Xerox won the Catalyzing Impact at Scale Award for a global reverse supply-chain initiative that methodically analyzes ROI for remanufacture, refurbish, parts reuse, recycle, and broker sales. Sourcemap won the Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation Award for its supply-chain transparency community that ensures the sustainability of supply chains down to the raw material.
“The negative environmental and social impacts resulting from complex global supply chains are among the greatest challenges currently facing the IT industry,” said Nancy Gillis, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. “We congratulate this year’s Winners, Honorees, and Finalists for demonstrating ways to address this challenge and exhibiting sustainable supply chain leadership and innovation.”
An independent, expert Judging Committee selected the top Catalyst Award Winners and, for the first time, recognized three special Honorees. LG Electronics and Cisco Systems were each named “Catalyzing Impact at Scale” Honorees. A collaboration between Vodafone and Good World Solutions was selected as a “Catalyzing Disruptive Innovation” Honoree.
Xerox has long been recognized as an industry leader in end-of-life management, and over the past few years Xerox has optimized the global reverse logistics system to further enable a sustainable supply chain. The optimization utilizes a centralized control system, which calculates the value associated with sending a product through one of five potential processes, then selects the process that will create the greatest value. Through this optimized system and process improvements, Xerox has realized millions of dollars in cost benefit, achieved significant greenhouse gas savings and enabled numerous social sustainability benefits.
Sourcemap’s Supply Chain Transparency Community is a powerful new approach to providing industry-wide assurance of sustainability and compliance across the extended supply chain. It works through a shared repository of pre-competitive information on suppliers’ social and environmental performance fed by real-time data from a supplier social network, independently verified by machine learning algorithms and independent auditors. For the first time brands can achieve continuous supply chain assurance at low cost, while suppliers benefit from visibility and actionable benchmarks to help achieve best-in-class performance.
The five Finalists for the 2017 GEC Catalyst Awards were the Chinese Environmental United Certification CenterKaiser PermanentePacific Gas and Electric Companytoxnot PBC, and Umicore.
The Judging Committee for the 2017 Catalyst Awards included Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability at the Consumer Technology Association; Michael Massetti, Executive Partner, Supply Chain at Gartner; Karen Pollard, Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Steve Rochlin, Americas Co-Manager at the Global E-Sustainability Initiative; Joel Sutherland, President of Envoy Inc.; and Matthew Swibel, Director, Corporate Sustainability at Lockheed Martin Corporation.
GEC announced the winners at CES Asia in Shanghai, China as an official program partner of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Past GEC Catalyst Awards winners include PuzzlePhone, AMD, and Dell, Inc.
The 2018 Catalyst Awards theme will be announced later this year.

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Open Sourcemap at 6 Months: 1,980 Transparent Supply Chains, 1,881 New Users, 47 GROUNDBREAKING Brands

In just six months since we launched our newest transparency platform, almost 1,900 users have registered - including brands such as Hershey's, Vivienne Westwood, Fairphone, Thread, and dozens more. Here are some of your favorites:

Source NY: the New York State Craft Beverage Community

Your beer may be locally brewed, but are the hops and barley? Find out with Source NY - the first supply chain community for craft beverage producers.

A social enterprise is a business for which social and environmental impact is core - and Thread is a great example. Browse the map above to find out how hundreds of trash collectors supplement their income to provide post-consumer recycled content for Timberland's boots.

The first Official account on Open Sourcemap is still one of the best: find out where Fairphone sources nearly 300 components and raw materials for its one-of-a-kind sustainable smartphone.

 

Reese’s and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate w/ Almonds - now on Sourcemap!

One year ago Hershey’s launched SmartLabel, a smartphone-friendly barcode that tells you all about the ingredients, nutrition information, and allergens in popular snack foods. Now, Hershey’s is the first major confectionery brand to use Open Sourcemap, our platform for supply chain transparency. You can see where all of the ingredients come from, watch videos about the peanut and almond farmers, and learn about the cooperatives the Hershey Company supports in Côte d’Ivoire.

How did it all happen? First, Hershey’s used Sourcemap’s enterprise software to visualize and collect all of the data: the ingredients, the locations, the stories, photos and videos. After internal review the supply chain maps were then posted on the public-facing Open Sourcemap website. Learn more from project lead Deb Arcoleo - Hershey’s Director of Product Transparency - who talks about the process of making supply chains transparent on the Hershey Company BlogConfectionery News and the NACS. Interested in making your products more transparent? Register for an account on Open Sourcemap or contact us for a demo.

 

 

See How Vivienne Westwood, Karen Walker, Mimco and sass & bide support artisans in East AFrica: introducing Ethical Fashion Initiative + Sourcemap

We're proud to have been selected by the Ethical Fashion Initiative (Motto: Not Charity - Just Work) as the software for RISEmap: an online traceability platform highlighting the brands who support artisans in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia through their supply chains. Accessible through QR codes on product hangtags and the EFI website itself, RISEmap highlights stories of unique crafts that sustain communities and supply unique products to globally recognized brands. Find out more by visiting the RISEmaps below:

Visit the RISE reports page to learn more about the work of the Ethical Fashion Initiative

How Plastic Bottles From Haiti End Up In Your Boots: Timberland X Thread on Open Sourcemap

Thread International weaves fabric from plastic bottles collected in Haiti and Honduras - providing income opportunities to nearly four thousand people and diverting two hundred tons of plastic from waste streams. This Spring Timberland is launching two footwear products built using Thread post-consumer recycled fabric. Follow the entire story from bottle collection to Timberland's supplier factories in Asia in the mesmerizing map below or visit open.sourcemap.com to create one like this for your brand.

We're Growing! Sourcemap is Hiring: Biz Dev (Fashion), UX Design, Front & Back-end Development

Since being selected for the Higg Index we have been swamped with requests to help brands trace their products to the source. Whether it's to prevent deforestation or plan for climate change,  benchmark factory performance or make supply chains transparent, 2017 is the year of supply chain mapping. If you or someone you know is fascinated with supply chains, sustainability, technology, and the future of transparency, then this is the place to work. We're looking for highly motivated, creative and mission-driven people to join our team full-time in lower Manhattan. Learn more at www.sourcemap.com/jobs

Introducing mySourcemap Lite: Enterprise-Grade Supply Chain Mapping for SME's

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Just because you have a small team doesn't mean you have a small supply chain. That why we're offering our advanced supply chain visualization software to small and medium-sized businesses for the first time. It's called mySourcemap Lite, and it is modeled on the security, reliability and ease-of-use of our enterprise platform - with a price and a timeline made for small teams. Get started in under 24 hours with for as little as $2,499/user/year  ($208 a month!), including a one-on-one training session. Click below to request a demo:

Sourcemap Selected for Next Generation Higg Index

At Sourcemap, we believe that consumers have the right to know the social and environmental impact of products. That's why we're thrilled to have been selected as the new Higg Index platform, the leading suite of tools for measuring social and environmental sustainability across the apparel, footwear and textile industries. The Higg Index was developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a multi-stakeholder organization whose members include Walmart, Nike, H&M, the Gap - in all 190+ brands, retailers, manufacturers, NGOs and academic institutions around the world.

The platform represents a huge step forward in supply chain transparency, enabling companies to measure sustainability across their complete supply chains, with the goal to share the results with consumers in the near future.

"The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is thrilled to work with Sourcemap on the next generation Higg Index online platform.  Sourcemap will bring all of the diverse sets of sustainability information that SAC collects together and help usher in a new era of improvement and transparency for the apparel, footwear and textile industries.”  - Jason Kibbey, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Sourcemap's work with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is rooted in a shared vision of collaboration across supply chains to bring about system-wide change. We are proud to work with the SAC and its members to steward the future of sustainable fashion.

Find out EXACTLY where the 400+ parts of your smartphone come from [Fairphone 2 Sourcemap]

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Fairphone was the first brand to register for an official account on Open Sourcemap - and they did it to publish the supply chain of the next-generation ethically sourced Fairphone 2. It's no easy feat considering they were able to trace the phone down to the raw materials' country of origins and the mines themselves in some cases. See the embedded map below or visit it directly on the Fairphone website.