As computing power increases the amount of data generated increases, both inside and outside of our organisations. Finding patterns and generating insight from the data you hold is vital to make sense of the world and support good decision-making. Nowhere is that more important than in the pursuit of a more sustainable business as the traditional business metrics simply won’t get you to where you want to do. So we have to create and manage new metrics.
SEC has been working with large corporates on handling their supply chain and raw materials related data for nearly 20 years. We work with you to find out what is happening and what interventions are required to get you to where you want to be. So having data simply isn’t enough we need to use it to educate, to inform and to strategise if the slog of keeping data up to date and ‘clean’ is to be worthwhile.
Business intelligence is often confused with fancy graphics, although they are great, it all starts with the act of finding the right questions to ask. What is going to make the difference to the situation or problem I am handling? Who owns that data and is it reliable? This is getting more out of the same systems by working smartly and using data to see where you want to go.
With global supply chains the norm it is prudent to understand the full nature of the risks key locations face. Climate change means new extremes of weather, water challenges and fluctuating political stability. Strategy making and crucially getting internal buy-in sometimes needs pictures to communicate both complex issues and available options quickly and easily.
SEC has developed a range of tools within our PRISM mapping family to show real-time supply chain information and profile site and supplier risks geographically. These are bespoke services using your own supply chain information and are specific to each project. Uses range from the identification of deforestation risk in palm oil procurement, to optimising supplier choice of materials to working out where water stress may limit choice and combining risk factors. We create tools that give you the specific business intelligence you need combining whatever range of indicators you believe are useful to make better decisions.
Collecting information is frankly a chore but it is vital to managing commitments and bringing about change. SEC can either manage that task for you or support your process with our data validation and due diligence processes. We all need to know if what we are told is true, and if it can be trusted. Checking is often the only way to find out the reality, so we verify the information received.
When we have an accurate picture, SEC will support your procurement and business processes with insight and business intelligence to reveal where the impacts lie and what interventions are required to add real value.
Trying to make sense of so many CSR and related factors increases the need for management systems that provide insight. Many companies use a combination of spend and rudimentary footprint (or consumption) analysis to decide where to focus effort. Others use scorecards to get a baseline and then track performance changes. Whichever way you go about building sustainability into decision making, this area is where SEC can make a real contribution to your understanding of the supply chain. We have a suite of information and visual tools to support good risk management decision making.
PRISM Mapping & Geo-Spatial Risks
As the world becomes a more connected place, knowing where your risk lie geographically is smart business. SEC has been using geo-spatial mapping for the management of supply chain and raw material risks for many years. We can create a bespoke range of risk indicators that address your own set of concerns. More
Footprinting, Reporting & Disclosure
Finding out who and most importantly what is most important, needs metrics plus insight. SEC works with our clients to understand their ‘footprint’ and to use this to prioritise and get maximum return from the limited CSR spend and resources we find is generally available. Generating information for reports and public disclosure is where your company’s investment in good practice comes to life for your wider stakeholders. More
Risk Data & Business Intelligence
The more we know about the world the harder it becomes to control data and make sense of what it is trying to tell us. Finding patterns and insight from the data you have on your products and supply chain it vital to make good decisions. More
Natural Capital Dependencies & Accounting
Does your business know how dependent it is upon natural resources? In a climate and resource stressed world, do you have a clear picture of which natural systems and ‘ecosystem services’ you use? These processes are the systems that build life and maintain the conditions for life on earth, as well as and keeping us in food and sustain your value chain to continue functioning.
Some functions are pretty obvious like water, others more subtle like pollination services or flood prevention. From the forests that supply fibre, water and raw materials to the carbon, water and nutrient cycles, there is much to understand. Knowledge of which will then make it so much easier for your company to control and mitigate risks around the business and globally. More
This section explains how we approach identifying the source of products, raw materials and the sustainability statements, ‘proxies’ or ‘claims’ that others use. You will lean how we manage information and what processes we use to verify validity, so that you can build a business strategy securely.
Traceability & Visibility of the Value Chain
To manage supply chains strategically means you need to understand them beyond the first tier. Making the many tiers of the supply chain visible and introducing traceability is a big ‘ask’ for most organisations requiring the gathering of supply chain information upstream, data collection direct from suppliers. SEC has extensive experience of making this chore as pain-free as possible using web based systems and and our compliance rates are regularly higher than the business can achieve by itself. With return rates at over 90% we will give you a better ROI than internal systems. More
Data Gathering via CSR Info™
SEC has developed a range of bespoke systems to collect complex supply chain, product and raw material provenance information from our client’s value chains to allow data to flow and better decisions to be made. More
Data Integrity and Verification
Collection of data is only part of the process, without checking and validation it is a case of the old IT adage – garbage in, garbage out. SEC provides a range of vital functions from data clearing, which ensuring you are comparing like with like; to validation and verification to check what we are told is truthful and accurate. More
Data Management Systems
SEC provides fully personalised and individual data management systems to our clients based on our central platform, PRISM™ (despite the long-standing name no spies are involved!) The process are delivered to reflect the level of skill set of the user groups. This is the raw material for Business Intelligence support. More
Liz is the founder and Managing Director of SEC. Liz has been a sustainability consultant for the last twenty-five years working alongside global brands. She has a particular knowledge of sustainable sourcing strategies and global supply chains. She embeds sustainability values into corporate, brand and product communications. Liz is a keep gardener and conservation restorer.
Pete Wiggins, Technical Services Manager
Pete is an experienced IT specialist with extensive programming skills and strong experience in the installation and management of Microsoft LAN environments. Within SEC, Pete’s role is to develop SEC’s in-house systems and manage the company’s IT and communications infrastructure through our global partners. Pete keeps horses and organizes events.
Sam Baynes, Account Director
Sam has extensive experience of working with retailers and brand owners on supply chain management, implementation of their sustainability goals, achieving certification, product development and claims management. Sam is data wizard and loves turning your supply chain data into business intelligence. He is a Biology graduate of the University of Bath and joined SEC after working for the University of Oxford. He loves star-gazing.
Mat Hurst, Client Project & Web Manager
Mat has worked extensively on SEC’s global supply chain work supporting companies to implement their sustainability goals and delivering reporting. Mat also manages our clients’ unique web portals. He likes introducing innovative information sharing technologies. Mat is an Environmental Management graduate who loves the outdoors and cycling.