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.
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.
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We're proud to announce the launch of a brand-new registry for the Green Electronics Council's EPEAT Eco-Label! The server category launched August 30th; but servers are only the beginning: get ready to see mobile phones, monitors, TV's and more. The registry is only the tip of the iceberg: powering EPEAT is a purpose-built platform to capture, verify, and publish detailed information on every product everything in here - all powered by Sourcemap. Check it out on epeat.sourcemap.com:
"Fashion supply chains are way too complicated to be traced using any person-to-person traditional communication," says SourceMap founder Leonardo Bonanni over the phone. "You need some really advanced technology to actually track fashion, especially in a world of fast fashion and global brands."
by Tara Donaldson
Posted on January 23, 2018 in Feature.
The thing about sustainability in the apparel industry is that brands and retailers are either embracing it of their own accord, finding themselves backed into a corner with little other option, or faking it until they make it.
The latter, of course, is where the problem of compliance arises.
“I’m kind of pessimistic when it comes to sustainability, compliance, traceability,” Sourcing Journal president Edward Hertzman said speaking on a Texworld USA supply chain panel Monday.
Having spent years in sourcing prior to publishing, Hertzman said he’s had brands ask him to manufacture organic product for them, and he’s gone to factories to source it, only to find that the suppliers are selling the brands goods labeled as organic when they’re in fact no such thing.
“It’s very complex to trace this. There isn’t necessarily one set of standards that everyone follows,” Hertzman said. “I think we are a long way from this being part of every single company’s culture.”
The problem, according to Dr. Leonardo Bonanni, founder and CEO of Sourcemap, a supply chain-mapping software company, is that the apparel industry has faced structural issues that haven’t exactly served to fuel transparency and traceability.
Until recently, Bonanni said, “You actually couldn’t map a supply chain for an apparel product,” largely because brands themselves couldn’t see past their Tier 1 suppliers—a problem which still remains for some companies.
Read the rest of the article at Sourcing Journal.
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 Center, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, toxnot 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.
Want to learn more about Sourcemap's Industry Communities? Get in touch
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.
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.
People have a right to know where things come from. That's why we're launching a brand new platform for supply chain transparency: Open Sourcemap. It's full of exciting new features, including Official accounts - for radically transparent brands - and the fastest, most powerful interface for supply chain mapping. So get in there, make some supply chain maps, ask your friends and colleagues to do the same, and soon there will be an even bigger directory of supply chains available to the public.
Here are some of the exciting new features of Open Sourcemap:
Improved User Interface
You can map supply chains faster and more easily than ever before thanks to a completely re-built user interface for web and mobile.
Radically transparent companies can stand out with an 'Official' designation, which includes the ability to add Instagram, a logo and header image. Apply for an official account here.
WHO - WHAT - WHERE
We're making it easy for visitors to search for your company (WHO), the products you make (WHAT) and your location (WHERE) through a new map creation workflow.
Related supply chains
Look for a filmstrip at the bottom of any supply chain page - it shows the related companies and products you might be interested in checking out.
Google Places integration
Every time you enter an address, we make sure it's as accurate as possible by matching it against Google's massive places database.
Photos and videos
Upload as many full-size images as you want to and embed youtube videos to tell the story of a particular supplier, product or process. The images will be shown full-size in a light-box when visitors click on them.