Business priority 4: Drive a transparent, inclusive and productive value chain

May 21, 2017

 

 


1. Empower suppliers:  Provide digital solutions and training to achieve minimum social and environmental standards across the value chain

  • Unilever’s ‘Marcatus Mobile Education Platform (MMEP)’ is a collaboration between Unilever, Oxfam and Ford Foundation to train smallholder farmers in rural areas. 63% have adopted the group video screenings, achieving increases of 20% in average yields and 24% in net income.
  •  Smart agriculture can increase crop yields by 30% on average, creating global additional farm revenues of £1.5 trillion by 2030.1

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2. Click green:  Minimise the environmental impact of operations, committing to 100% renewable energy and zero e-waste

  • Renault operates a circular supply chain, with its products and components re-manufactured, repaired or refurbished at their end-of-life, enabled by IT tools that keep track of products. Renault has reduced energy use by 80%, use 88% less water and 92% less chemical products.
  • IT has the potential to enable a 20% reduction in global carbon emissions by 2030.2

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3. Track, trace and resolve:   Use digital technology to address corruption, exploitation and environmental harm

  • Blockverify is a London-based start-up that uses technology to track, record, and verify products in a way that is permanently logged in the blockchain and cannot be counterfeited or compromised.  Blockverify has been piloting solutions with pharmaceutical and beauty companies.
  • 63% of consumers refuse to buy products and services from companies they do not trust.3

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1. GeSI and Accenture Strategy, SMARTer 2030, 2015. 
2. GeSI and Accenture Strategy, SMARTer 2030, 2015. 
3. Accenture: Ethical Supply Chains, 2016.

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