Share your progress and learnings with relevant functions internally while transparently reporting on sustainability performance and sharing insights externally to amplify success.

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Transparently sharing information will generate learning and accountability to help move your value chain forward on sustainability.

Share your progress and learnings with relevant functions internally

Documenting and sharing your journey towards sustainable procurement by telling the story of your progress and sharing learnings with relevant internal functions is crucial. This is not simply about keeping everyone in the loop but about informing and enhancing future practice. Consider how to tailor best what you share to engage different parts of the business. For instance, your finance team may be more interested in how much you save from procuring sustainably or the financial risks of not doing so. In contrast, your marketing team may be interested in product-level sustainability differentiators that address customer needs and demands.

Report on sustainability performance

Demands for credible, transparent sustainability reporting on supply chain sustainability performance continue to grow. Proactively reporting on supply chain sustainability is both a responsibility and a strategic move that facilitates benchmarking and encourages others to do the same. Consider how you could more openly share key value chain sustainability data that reveals progress against your goals to achieve this. To make your data meaningful and accessible, contemplate what metrics would be most relevant to share, remembering that these should align with your sustainability goals. In doing so, you contribute to a culture of accountability, openness, and collaboration in your sector.

EXAMPLE: Linking procurement outcomes to the SDGs in The Netherlands

The Province of Zeeland (The Netherlands) uses data linked to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) to assess the positive impact of its procurement. Zeeland partnered with the SP Platform¹ to show the impact of procurement projects, and the progress of the objectives is made visible to the public via a dashboard. As part of its Sustainable Procurement Plan 2021 – 2024², the province commits to each project to be transparent about the considerations and results.

EXAMPLE: Asics facility-level disclosures

Asics disclosed its supplier list in Excel format, making it easily accessible to stakeholders. The list includes facility-level data, including addresses, product types, number of workers, percentage of migrant workers, and workforce gender ratio.³

EXAMPLE: Unilever's Palm Oil Grievance Tracker

Unilever publicly discloses all complaints it has received about its palm oil supply chain. Grievances are defined as alleged breaches of its People and Nature Policy and related guidelines.⁴

EXAMPLE: Disney's public supplier facilities list

Disney publishes a list of supplier facilities to help foster collaboration with others interested in improving working conditions. For instance, it allows peers to find shared suppliers by searching the list of over 8,000 suppliers, which includes names, locations, and contact information.⁵

Share insights and amplify success

Sharing your experiences and insights, including both successes and lessons learned, can help other stakeholders learn from your journey. As you advance your knowledge, consider collaborating with external entities such as policymakers, industry associations, or NGOs to expand your reach. Amplifying good work is not limited to your achievements; it's also sharing lessons learned and recognising the efforts of suppliers and competitors' efforts in advancing sustainable procurement. This could involve sharing case studies in industry publications, blogs, or events to recognise the sustainability efforts of your suppliers and signal that they are valued and encouraged. It can also inspire other suppliers and industry peers to improve their value chain sustainability strategies and practices.

EXAMPLE: HPE shares details of its approach to supply chain responsibility

HPE shares its approach to supply chain responsibility in a detailed "solutions guide". It includes how they are assessing supply chain risks, monitoring, and improving performance, and working collaboratively with suppliers.⁶

EXAMPLE: H&M multi-tier supply chain risk disclosures

H&M disclosed its supply chain sustainability risks across different tiers of its supply chain and the steps it takes to address them. For instance, the company identified forced labour risks at the raw material level and, in response, has banned raw materials originating in high-risk countries.⁷

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Practical Guide to Transparency in Procurement

This guide by the Responsible Business Alliance maps out a range of maturity levels related to meaningful sustainability disclosures. It is designed to be a resource for buyers to assess supplier transparency on sustainability topics.

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Value Chain Carbon Transparency Pathfinder: Enabling decarbonization through Scope 3 emissions transparency

This paper highlights WBCSD's initiative for sharing carbon emissions data to fast-track industry decarbonisation. We invite experts to join us in creating a transparent data model. Businesses must measure and disclose emissions as a starting point for reduction to hit net zero by 2050.

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What You Need to Know About Supply Chain Disclosure

This resource by The European Business Review is a research-based set of principles for effective supply chain transparency. It examines multinational companies, their supply chain disclosure decisions, and the underlying principles of their disclosure strategies.

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A Climate Disclosure Framework for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The framework offers guidelines to equip small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with tools for measuring and reducing emissions, setting science-based targets, and reporting climate impacts to stakeholders.