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Submitted by: CSRwire
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 – 09:00 AM EST
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Feb. 11 /CSRwire/ - Ecodesk, the world’s largest sustainability database, and CSRwire, the leading digital media platform for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news, have created a unique project to develop a compelling, data-driven business case for supply chain sustainability everywhere.
The Ecodesk Global Supply Chain Innovator Program is a VIP Project, which currently includes some of the world’s highest profile businesses including GlaxoSmithKline, MGM, CA Technologies, Eurostar, ISS, MITIE, Del Monte, Reed Elsevier and Compass Group, among over 25 global organizations, representing over one million suppliers.
The program is designed to work closely with the world’s most innovative organizations in sustainability to develop a clear and unambiguous business case for supply chain efficiency, which precisely quantifies the savings opportunities in time, money and energy for each company individually. Microsoft, Starbucks and Coca-Cola are among thousands of organizations already using Ecodesk to maintain a single update point for sustainability information, saving time and money in supplier and customer communication.
Ecodesk has delivered data and results to many of the biggest global organizations, and now wants to widen that remit to cover a broader range of sectors.
“Supply chain sustainability questionnaires and survey programs are unsustainable, costly and annoying to most, and entirely miss the point, which is the benefit to business and society that sustainability brings. So Ecodesk is investing our own funds to aid suppliers to drive cost reduction, risk mitigation and revenue generation, which is where the real action is,” says Robert Clarke, Ecodesk CEO. “We’re excited to partner with CSRwire on this program because of their proven dedication to CSR and sustainability and for their diverse array of member organizations.”
How does The Ecodesk Global Supply Chain Innovator Program work?
Ecodesk work with top tier organizations to petition and gather data from supply chains on their behalf. Once completed and maintained, Ecodesk Innovators see a live supplier dashboard tracking fuel, energy, carbon, waste, water use in the supply chain, customer downstream flow, and even facility data. Dashboards with data visualization and tables map adherence to certification, accuracy, financial risk, conflict minerals and much more. Some Innovators are onboarding over 100,000 suppliers each to Ecodesk because of the ease and simplicity of the platform, and, of course, because it is completely free for suppliers to manage information.
“This moment reminds me of the time I discovered LinkedIn, and how it provided an instant cure for resume fatigue…Ecodesk is simple and makes sense. Having an easy-to-use and easy-to-read interface in this capacity is a breakthrough in supply chain innovation,” says Aman Singh, CSRwire's Editorial Director.
“Our goal in working with Ecodesk is to provide a catalyst for all companies to rethink and redesign their supply chains in a sustainable way, meaning affordable as well as efficient – and be able to truly leverage data by offering critical benchmarking.”
What Can Customer and Suppliers Expect?
Benefits to suppliers include:
To sign up to the Ecodesk Global Supply Chain Innovator Program, visit www.ecodesk.com/innovator2013. Entry to Innovators is available until 31 March 2013 with a strict limit on numbers.
Ecodesk is the world’s largest sustainability database – a live, free to use, transparent, user managed sustainability communication platform for business of any size. Over 1million businesses are currently onboarding to Ecodesk. Ecodesk™ is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. For more information, visit www.ecodesk.com.
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