Responsible Jewelry = Traceable Jewelry

When the Kimberley Scheme for conflict-free diamonds was introduced in 2003, it was one of the earliest traceability programs in ethical sourcing. But bagging and tagging rough stones is no longer the best practice: today some producers laser-etch polished stones with unique serial numbers. What about rough and colored stones? Old-fashioned record-keeping is still the norm for much of the jewelry industry: paper ledgers, spreadsheets, proprietary databases. These systems are so shoddy some shipments are being turned away from US ports for missing proof of origin. Without a digital supply chain, there are few ways to verify the source of stones. Add that to the complexity in tracking precious metals from areas at risk of conflict, and it’s clear the time has come for the jewelry industry to adopt mine-to-retail traceability for every gem, every metal ingot it purchases.

Using technology that's already proven in remote supply chains, Sourcemap is able to track and trace any number of transactions across the end-to-end supply chain. A new workflow management platform allows the data to be automatically analyzed for anomalies, approved and audited. It can even provide item-level traceability to the end customer. Sourcemap is the all-in-one due diligence solution for the jewelry sector. Click below to download our free resource on implementing responsible sourcing.

What is the difference between supply chain mapping, traceability and transparency?

Ever since Patagonia published its supplier map in 2007, the terms ‘supply chain mapping’, ‘traceability’ and 'transparency’ have been used interchangeably. To a consumer, there is little difference: at the end of the day, they enable you to see where a product came from. But to a brand, it’s the difference between making a claim, verifying it, and publicizing it. They’re related, but the underlying processes and technologies are completely different.

Mapping = Discovery

Supply chain mapping is the process of engaging with direct suppliers to discover indirect suppliers, resulting in an understanding of the end-to-end supply chain for a material, a product, or a brand. It is usually the only time a company gets in touch with indirect suppliers, so it’s a good time to collect data on quality control, social and environmental performance and make sure the indirect supply chain lives up to the brand’s standards. Supply chain mapping is also the foundation for risk planning, conflict minerals reporting and modern slavery / EU vigilance due diligence.

Traceability = Assurance

Many companies are eager to publish their supply chains once they’re mapped. Your legal department will ask for more: that’s because supply chain mapping is only based on supplier disclosure. Supply chain traceability is the process of tracking every commercial transaction in the end-to-end supply chain to account for the time and place where every step occurred in the supply chain of a unit, batch or lot of finished good. Traceability offers a number of advantages, from real-time chain of custody reports to verification that products are authentic and vendors are certified. It's also becoming law, from pharmaceutical serialization to US FDA food safety.

Transparency = Disclosure

Having mapped your supply chain and made it traceable, you're ready to share the results with stakeholders. Supply chain transparency is the process of disclosing suppliers to private customers and/or public consumers. Committing to supply chain transparency is usually the most effective way to drive the new business processes needed for mapping and traceability. It's also the right thing to do.

Want to learn how to implement supply chain mapping, traceability, and transparency? Get in touch to schedule a demo:

Now Hiring Interns for Summer 2019

Sourcemap is the leading provider of supply chain mapping, traceability, and transparency software. Our clients include category-leading global brands, manufacturers, and suppliers across the food & agriculture, fashion, beauty, manufacturing and electronics industries. You will be joining our team in Lower Manhattan to support our award-winning, values-led work and come away with practical experience tackling important and interesting problems in a dynamic startup environment.

Sourcemap's values:

  • Tell it like it is: We are respectful, but forthright

  • Proactive: We all show initiative in solving the problems we know about, and the ones we don't

  • Happy people: We enjoy working with our team and our clients. We are making the world a better place

  • Personal growth: We are constantly exploring new ways to grow as individuals

  • Customers are our North Star: We don't stop until each customer is over-the-moon

  • Innovation: We all contribute ideas and invent new solutions

  • No one is above grunt work: We all get our hands dirty

Business Development Intern

Sourcemap seeks a Business Development Intern. In this 12-week internship, you will work directly with Sourcemap’s Sales and Business Development Team to support prospecting and new client acquisition.

What you will do:

  • Research and identify potential clients across multiple industries

  • Support the creation of marketing materials such as brochures, flyers, client presentations, blog posts, etc.

Who you are:

  • Passionate about building tools to solve the world’s problems

  • Meticulous and extremely organized, with high attention to detail and excellent time management skills

  • Curious and self-directed, you can take initiative and drive a project with little guidance

  • Background or demonstrated interest in supply chain transparency, sustainability, and international business is a plus

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@sourcemap.com

Data & Research Intern

Sourcemap seeks a Data & Research Intern. In this 12-week internship, you will support a number of research projects, including any analysis of social, environmental, and geopolitical risks, to be used by a range of Sourcemap clients in understanding the potential risks and opportunities in their supply chains.

What you will do:

  • Research and compile a catalogue of location-based risk datasets, such as forest cover change or water quality, that can be used to assess the relative risk of suppliers to companies across a variety of industries

  • Develop a content management system to organize the datasets

Who you are:

  • Passionate about building tools to solve the world’s problems

  • Meticulous and extremely organized, with high attention to detail and excellent time management skills

  • Curious and self-directed, you can take initiative and drive a project with little guidance

  • Background or demonstrated interest in supply chain transparency, sustainability, and international business is a plus

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@sourcemap.com

Design & Marketing Intern

Sourcemap seeks a Design & Marketing Intern. In this 12-week internship, you will work with the Head of Product & Design on a variety of design projects and creation of digital assets.

What you will do:

  • Support overall design and updates for website, emails, and digital marketing

  • Translate business and marketing objectives into designs that are clear, compelling, visually exciting, easy to use and emotionally engaging

Who you are:

  • Passionate about building tools to solve the world’s problems

  • Meticulous and extremely organized, with high attention to detail and excellent time management skills

  • Curious and self-directed, you can take initiative and drive a project with little guidance

  • Background or demonstrated interest in supply chain transparency, data visualization, and mapping is a plus

Technical skills:

  • Required: proficiency in Adobe’s Creative Suite / Sketch / Google Docs

  • Recommended: experience working with Squarespace or other CMS platforms

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and portfolio to jobs@sourcemap.com


Sourcemap at the 13th Forum on Responsible Minerals

Responsible gems and minerals are a hot topic, with over 80,000 artisanal miners being registered into responsible supply chains in the past two years alone. But some reports have claimed that shifts in regulation have had an overall negative impact on miners’ earnings and on the commercial viability of some local traders and exporters.

Eight years ago the OECD published its Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals, an international framework for companies to avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing practices. The Dodd Frank Act (US) and the new EU regulation on conflict minerals refer to the OECD's guidance as a best practice in responsible minerals sourcing.

Last week, the Sourcemap team joined more than 900 attendees at the OECD's 13th Forum on Responsible Minerals in Paris. Here is what we learned:

  • The London Metal Exchange introduced mandatory responsible sourcing requirements that will be implemented by 2022.

  • The World Bank launched the first annual report on the State of ASM: 2019 State of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Sector.

  • The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) revised its Code of Practices to include due diligence requirements based on the OECD Guidance.

  • The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) announced a new Blue Book providing guidance for responsible sourcing in the jewellery sector.

  • Ulula and the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) published a report assessing the impact of due diligence programmes on mining communities in the eastern provinces of the DRC.

  • Several companies announced their transparency and traceability goals for gems and minerals.

The OECD was an important event for Sourcemap too, as we introduced our new Responsible Mineral Platform to help companies implement supply chain due diligence when it comes to responsible mineral sourcing. The platform lets companies track any mineral down to the mine through an automated online process. It works by connecting the entire supply chain down to the smelters and mines, verifying transactions, monitoring performance and managing improvement plans toward corporate and regulatory targets. The Responsible Minerals Platform even lets companies monitor worker livelihoods and the impact your responsible sourcing programs are having on local communities (access to education, miner wages, child labor etc.) To find out more, visit Sourcemap's free responsible mineral sourcing resource here.



Keep up with the new OECD guidance on Conflict Minerals with Sourcemap's Responsible Minerals Platform

Dodd-Frank conflict minerals disclosure ushered in supply chain transparency law, and now it's been superseded by the new EU requirements. What's changed? Transparency isn't enough: companies have to show that they perform due diligence on their extended conflict minerals supply chain, ensuring that risk is monitored and improvement plans are put in place. The best practice is to follow the OECD's guidance - something Sourcemap can do out-of-the-box. Download our free brochure and get in touch to implement best-in-class due diligence practices, for now and for the future. Click the link below:

Need Help Making Sense of Higg FEM, SLCP, Open Apparel Registry? Sourcemap Has You Covered.

Footwear and apparel companies have to be transparent, but few can devote the resources to deal with the proliferation of databases and platforms out there. That's why we're proud to announce a one-stop-shop for fashion transparency: a software platform for data collection, analysis and reporting that combines internal company data with supplier self-assessments and the best-available third-party data. Read about it in our latest flier by clicking below.

Investing in a Sustainable Supply Chain Now Could Save Brands’ Future [Footwear News]

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The shopping habits of millennials and Gen Z have changed the way brands sell their products; experiences, e-commerce pop-ups and personalization are dominating retail. But these consumers also value sustainability and ethical business practices, which many brands have been slower to address at the risk of lowering margins.

Read the rest on Footwear News

Last Week, IBM Traced 28 Tons of Oranges Using Blockchain. Also Last Week, Sourcemap Traced 1,000 Tons of Cocoa - No Blockchain Required.

The First Step to Traceability: Stenciling Batch Numbers on Bags of Cocoa at a Depot in Ghana

The First Step to Traceability: Stenciling Batch Numbers on Bags of Cocoa at a Depot in Ghana

There’s a lot of hype around using blockchain to trace supply chains. How does it stand up in the real world? The most widely publicized blockchain pilots involve shippers and retailers - the ‘last leg’ of a global supply chain. What happens when you want to trace a product from the source, and that source is halfway around the world?

Global supply chains include people from every walk of life, from smallholder farmers to corporate executives. The challenge with traceability is finding a solution that can handle the complexity of global trade while being easy to adopt each step of the way. Sourcemap uses proven technology, including the graph databases that power social networks and mobile apps that work on the most common devices. And of course, spreadsheets.

You can trust the data. Everything that’s uploaded to Sourcemap is encrypted and changes are tracked, so there is no chance of someone altering a record without being detected. And the app is lightweight, so it’s used to capture lots of additional data: farm areas, workforce statistics, indicators for safety and hygiene. You can rest assured, not only that the source of products is authentic, but also that important risks such as child labor and deforestation are minimized.

Traceability isn’t about blockchain, it’s about digitizing the supply chain. Once paper- and spreadsheet-based records are uploaded to the cloud, the savings are immense: no more document handling, better quality control, fewer delays and disruptions, less risk. To learn more about the agile ways that end-to-end traceability is being implemented in supply chains around the world, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

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