Bringing transparency to multi-tier supply chains / Joint Sedex-CRT Japan event

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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: CRTJapan



At the outset, CRT Japan introduced some key changes in supply chain sustainability in recent years and their backgrounds, rationale and steps taken in the supply chain sustainability initiatives at global companies, and some common concerns of Japanese companies shared at past workshops run by CRT Japan.
Given such context, significance of the following three factors was presented: (1) to discuss whether to implement all the steps in actions (data collection, data use, data capture and reporting) as a single entity or as collaborative efforts with other bodies, in order to optimize efficiency and impact of the actions; (2) actions for data use and data capture be selected and deployed based on impact analysis; and (3) to be aware of ‘who’ are stakeholders, and communicate ‘why’ and ‘how’ clearly in reporting.
And as for conclusion, Sedex was introduced as a provider of a collaboration platform for the data collection activity in supply chain.

Going deep: The Case for Multi Tiered Transparency Caux Round Table Tokyo January 2014 1 Copyright © Sedex 2012. All Rights Reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced or redistributed in any form without written consent from Sedex.

Agenda 1. 2. 3. 4. Why is this important? The Business Case Challenges and Solutions Introduction to Sedex Tom Smith – Director of Insight and Planning, Sedex Global


Why is it important? Compliance Regulation/legislation Consumer pressure CSR programs Investor pressure Traceability Ability to find stories Power of the media New technology

The scale of the challenge “At Diageo we talk about 70,000 suppliers and third parties, spread across over 100 countries of the world. When multiplied by the number of sub-suppliers in the supply chains, you get in to hundreds of thousands of people impacted by our global supply chain, so its vital to prioritise the key areas.” David Lawrence, Global Compliance & Ethics Programme Director, Diageo

The business case Key findings: 1. Globally, only a third of companies are actively seeking transparency below tier 1 in their supply chain, at scale. (PwC and MIT study, 2013) 2. The greatest and most critical risks are found deeper down in the supply chain. (Sedex briefing, 2013)

Critical risks Data covers July 2011 to August 2013. All data correct as of 10th September 2013. The sample analysed 10 companies with a combined total of 3,922 supplier relationships and 6,775 audits

Key insights • Multi-tier transparency is possible. • Risk is higher beyond tier 1 • More visibility enables better risk management Jun Cao

Challenges • Rapidly changing topic • Varied understanding (suppliers and buyers) • Supply chain complexity • Many different standards • Economic downturn

Solutions • Collaboration • Cross sector learning • Flexibility • Engage suppliers • Scalability • Don’t reinvent the wheel…

Addressing Global Supply Chain Risk Sedex is an online tool for managing supply chain risk  Extensive global expertise in supply chain risk and database management  Existing end-to-end process to report and manage on issues in global supply chains  Largest collaborative supply chain risk management tool

What is Sedex?  A not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains  A secure web-based platform for sharing and viewing information on four pillars: 1.Labour standards 2.Health and safety 3.Environment 4.Business ethics Customer views information for multiple suppliers  The largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data  Provides range of services that ensure your programmes are effective and efficient Supplier enters information on Sedex and shares with multiple customers

Sedex Facts & Figures Sedex is the largest platform for ethical data sharing: Over 550 A & AB Members Over 30,000 B Members (suppliers) Over 25 industry sectors Data taken from Sedex Annual Review 2011-12

A & AB Members includes…

The Sedex Process A collaborative Supply Chain Management system that offers the ability to:  Filter your supply chain on Inherent Risk & Actual Risk  Efficiently target high risk suppliers and effectively address any issues  Manage audit issues and track supplier progress Supplier Supplier Supplier High Risk Supplier

Collaborative Tool Kit

Added Benefits Multi-lingual helpdesk and support materials Participate in working groups to help shape future Sedex developments Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)  Common best practice guidance on ethical trade audits  Common audit report format  Common corrective action plan format Attend Member events – UK, China, USA, India, South Africa, Chile and growing Regular member communications – quarterly newsletter, feature risk reports and analysis Links with other organisations enabled - AIM Progress, UN Global Compact, BiTC, ETI, GSCP and many more Support for Suppliers to improve through the Sedex Supplier workbook


Stakeholders • Webinar and events partnership with UN Global Compact-UK • Launch of Sedex Responsible Sourcing Insights: a series of films, publications, resources, regional briefings, webinars and in-person events by Sedex and partners – Series of six short films – Monthly insight briefings Working group participation: • Non-Business Signatories of the UNGC international and UK Local Network. • Member of the UNGC Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group and Human Rights, Traceability and Anti-Corruption Task Forces. • Sedex Supplier Workbook • Business Principles for Countering Bribery (BPCB) Steering Committee. • SMETA expansion – included in the ITC Standards Map database – SMETA submitted to GSCP Equivalence process • Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) • MAC (Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee) China • CSR 360 Global Partner Network member (BiTC)

Summary Any questions? For more information on Sedex go to To learn more about Responsible Sourcing please also see our new ‘Insights’ page with films, webinars and reports +44 (0) 207 902 2327 @SedexTom

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