To date, product-based businesses have focused their attention on ensuring that their products meet the spec and their customers’ needs whilst also the required quality standards. However, businesses are increasingly under pressure from stakeholders, investors, interest groups and customers to ensure that the products are also sustainably sourced and made.
Failing to ensure that your products do not negatively impact people and planet can have significant consequences. You risk brand reputation, legal compliance and potentially even the licence to operate.
Most businesses rely on an extended network of suppliers to bring their products to market and although you are not responsible for how others operate, you should ensure that the suppliers you select are responsible, ethical businesses.
This is challenging for most businesses as today we rely on large, global complex supply chains to bring our products to market. Indeed many businesses now have 100s of suppliers all of which have their own suppliers and they in turn have their suppliers. Understanding whether any of these suppliers is having a negative impact is hard.
Lead with an impact-based approach
Knowing where to start and how to address the risks in your value chain can be a real challenge. Indeed, understanding where the problem is across multiple products, numerous tiers of suppliers and across geographies feels like an impossible task.
Whether it is just one flagship product or 1,000s of products, the key to improving your product’s sustainability is to take an impact led approach and focus your attention on where it matters the most.
We will support you to map and prioritise the impacts and risks across the life cycle of your products. Our team can help you:
Identify environmental and social risk
Macro product and supplier strategies – if you have an extensive product offering or a supplier base, our team will first understand where the material hotspots are within in your supply chain and what you should do about it.
The Environmental and social supply chain impact assessments will help understand the environmental and social risks across your supply chain and where to focus your attention.
We will help you understand what sectors, geographies and environmental & social issues are most pressing to your business and will guide you in taking the right decisions.
Product-level strategies – if you are looking at several products, we can help you drill down the impact of your products and develop an approach to address these. Understand how you can improve the impact of your products through design, work with your suppliers and weigh up the product and material decisions.
Understand the environmental and social risks across your supply chain, find out how we can help.
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I was impressed with the thoroughness and level of detail that our data set was analysed in. Presenting an extensive data set in an easy to use format was of great value in communicating the outcome of the work internally, and prioritising areas of the supply chain for future action.
Alan Sweeting, Global Health, Safety and Environment Senior Manager, Allen & Overy LLP
Avieco supported us in collating and organising data to develop a robust risk assessment process. They have been easy to work with, responsive to our requirements and pragmatic in their solutions.
Gijs Voskuilen, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Bunzl
Avieco has been the preferred environmental consultant since the beginning of our journey to become a sustainable company. Dentsu Aegis has worked with Avieco’s experts on various areas, such as carbon footprint reporting and assurance support, and recently also advised us how to switch our global network to renewable electricity. The team’s expertise on environmental sustainability is impressive, and the work delivered is always of highest standard.
Lars Holm, Global Senior Manager CSR, Dentsu Aegis Network
Avieco informatively led us through the processes needed to reduce our carbon footprint. With their clear and concise advice we have been able to effectively reduce our energy and waste levels. Avieco made the complex notion of energy efficiency into a manageable and achievable reality
Nigel Pink, Group Engineering Manager, Dominos UK & Ireland Ltd
Avieco delivered exactly the workshop we needed to get our sustainability team and regional leads on the same page when it comes to ‘market-based’ reporting. It’s a challenging area to tackle for a global business – particularly when we operate in a number of markets where there is little or no choice in terms of energy purchasing. Avieco has given us the knowledge and tools to ensure we get our disclosures right – they really exceeded my expectations for what we could achieve in one afternoon!
Dr Julia Rowe, Group Sustainability Advisor, Johnson Matthey
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