When setting targets or goals for ourselves we are simply starting a journey, action planning and supplier communications is the implementation part of that supply chain change. Helping both parties understand and overcome obstacles are crucial to delivering your CSR objectives across the value chain and to the mitigation of any risks identified. SEC brings our experience to the team to create a collaborative space to work out how to move forward.
Corrective action plans are core to the delivery of improvement; so creating, communicating and ensuring compliance with the commitments made are vital to meeting a wide range of CSR and business objectives. SEC has extensive experience of delivering the change that your business needs to achieve its goals, cost effectively and speedily.
The duty of ensuring a Due Diligence system is in place to cover all wood and paper products entering the European Union has been enshrined in EU law and became operational in March 2013. SEC has extensive experience of managing wood policy compliance and gathering information on these supply chains. Our data collection and verification processes provide adequate information to run the necessary risk assessment procedures. Information is then generated in reports which are the basis of your mitigation of risk procedures. Together we can prove due diligence has taken place and deliver adequate evidence to regulators.
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.
Modern society depends on increasingly complex combinations of materials or ‘stuff’, where components and ingredients are sourced from across the world and manufactured in a wide range of countries. Where raw materials come from is increasingly as important to business reputation, as the site labour conditions in which they are used or assembled. SEC has particular experience of introducing and building traceability systems for commodities and the management and use of third party certification in our client’s value chains. More
Forest Risk Commodities
As agriculture and resource extraction takes more of the planet, we are threatening the world’s lungs – our forest reserves globally. Forests help maintain the water cycle that sustains all life. So it is important to understand the impacts of all commodities that have particular deforestation risks. SEC has 20 years experience of working with these issues and improving outcomes within purchasing with retailers, brands and on the ground. More
EU and UK Timber Regulations
The EU has recognised that illegal wood fibre has been entering the value chain in ordinary wood and paper products placed on the European market. Enabling regulations by EU governments has now placed a due of care of companies to undertake Due Diligence to ensure they are not bringing in or buying this material. SEC is an expert of the application of Due Diligence and you can read about this service here. More
Responsible Palm Oil & Zero Deforestation
We have all seen the headlines about palm oil and deforestation. Moving from unknown sourcing to the use of known sources, traceable palm oil is a journey and one that SEC has been working on for the last 10 years. SEC works with companies from their initial response to palm oil, through the management of NGO interest, to due diligence and traceability of supply and the choice of partners on the ground who are delivering well managed sources without land use change or negative social impacts. More
Minerals & Sourcing from the Wild
As well as plantation and deliberately grown materials we still take a surprising amount of materials direct from nature, or sourcing from the wild. The risks to eco-systems and bio-diversity from unregulated extraction are considerable; and this impacts on a wide range of commodities and materials we use from stone, to the products of the sea. To learn more you can read about Sourcing from the wild here. More
Making sense of supply chain information beyond the first couple of tiers requires both smart tools and insight to deliver understanding. SEC will support your team to establish exactly what has been achieved to date, what is needed to realise your goals and to clarify the job of work to be done to close the gap. Working with the right stage of the supply base to reveal and map the value chain and the dependency on natural capital, third parties, supplier skills and stakeholder relationships. Creating analysis that will inform the strategic choices for you to select the best outcomes available. More
Supplier Assessment & Scorecards
Choosing which suppliers to use and how to evaluate their competency is now a crucial business competency. As business’ outsource more functions and operate just in time manufacturing quality and reliability are vitally important. More
Re-engineering Supply Lines
Looking at your supply lines afresh, to find the right materials at the right value proposition sometimes needs outside help. SEC has experience of finding new materials and suppliers to meet sustainability goals whilst still making economic sense. SEC will work with your value chain and procurement team to find efficiencies or new supply options which make the sustainable option an affordable best fit. More
Supplier Engagement and Capacity Building
Getting others to understand your needs and finding the best way to change their behaviour requires careful consideration. SEC has motivated, encouraged and supported change within thousands of supply chain actors, to deliver our client’s policy objectives on time and to budget. We will work with your team to assess the needs of the audience, decide how we can motivate them as well as finding out what they need to do to make the changes required. From assessment of risk to training and coaching we will work at the pace you require
For those parties where there is a skills or resources gap that cannot be bridged internally, we will find partners or create support systems that deliver your vision on the ground. SEC has a global network of contacts, partners and strategic alliances to enable your sustainability strategy to be delivered in country in and in the local language. These solutions both maximise effectiveness and economic impacts. More
Action Plans and Risk Mitigation
When setting targets or goals for ourselves we are simply starting a journey, action planning and supplier communications is the implementation part of that supply chain change. Helping both parties understand and overcome obstacles are crucial to delivering your CSR objectives across the value chain and to the mitigation of any risks identified. SEC brings our experience to the team to create a collaborative space to work out how to move forward. More
Modern society depends on increasingly complex combinations of ‘stuff’, where components and ingredients are sourced from across the world and manufactured in a wide range of countries. Where raw materials come from is increasingly as important as the site labour conditions in which they are used or assembled. SEC has particular experience of introducing and building traceability systems for commodities and the management and use of third party certification in our client’s value chains. We understand the challenges of land disputes and the impact of such discoveries on down-stream users.
SEC will work with your organisation and its supply base to understand and deploy the most appropriate third party certification for your situation. If you find yourself in a land rights related crisis we will advise you on how to build a response team.