Supply Chain Mapping for Sustainability
Before there were supply chain applications, Sourcemap was developed for measuring sustainability. Why? Because it's impossible to measure the environmental or the social impact of products without knowing where they come from. At the heart of the software is a life-cycle assessment calculator that allows you to estimate energy, waste, water and carbon footprint over the life-cycle of a product. Simply upload the bill of materials including quantities and supplier addresses, and the software does the rest for you.
Supplier Social Network
What about social impact assessment? By mapping your supply chain using Sourcemap you can also invite producers themselves to contribute data: interviews, surveys, and receipts. In short, you can verify equitable trade by asking every stakeholder, from farmer to trader to processor, to upload receipts registering each sale, date, quantity and location. Incorporate contextual indicators through mobile surveys to understand the prevalence of poverty, child labor, food insecurity, etc... You can see the results of all these indicators in easy-to-use dashboards and analytic visualizations, and export the results for reporting to donors and the general public.
Case Study: Tackling deforestation with Satellite Imagery
The sugar in your coffee, the palm oil in your shampoo, the leather in your shoes – any of these might come from plantations on recently deforested land. The sheer number of small farms around the world makes it very difficult to know if a specific product is tied to deforestation. Take leather: in Brazil alone there are over one million cattle ranches, many carved out of virgin forest, all of which supply hides to tanneries around the world via intermediaries. A convergence of new technologies is finally making it possible to know whether a product was sourced in a way that contributed to deforestation:
Projects like the Global Forest Watch measure deforestation through satellite imagery processed to highlight changes in forest cover. By combining the real-time satellite feed with a map of where products come from, it becomes possible to measure the likelihood of sustainable (or unsustainable) farming practices and more effectively target interventions on the ground.
At Sourcemap we have integrated Open Data Kit and Global Forest Watch into the first GIS-enabled Enterprise Social Network for monitoring deforestation in supply chains. The platform is being pilot-tested in environmentally sensitive regions of northern Brazil.
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