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Resilient Trade Starts with Sustainable Supply Chains Blog 21 Jan 2022 Social Sustainability Resilient Trade Starts with Sustainable Supply Chains This article originally appeared on the OECD Forum Network. We are entering the third year of a global pandemic that has interrupted our lives, both professionally and personally, in unprecedented, unexpected and, in some cases, irreversible ways. Around the world, international trade has been hit hard by the pandemic. Travel restrictions have halted migration flows […]
A Post-Pandemic Perspective on Automation Blog 19 Jan 2022 E2E Value Chain A Post-Pandemic Perspective on Automation Of course, it all started in our industry. Automation, that is. Let’s call it “Industry 1.0”. In 1805, Jacquard was granted a patent for an automatic loom controlled by punch cards. Together with steam and water power, this event triggered a hand-off from manual labour to machines that continues today. As Industry 1.0 has evolved […]
5 Retail-Consumer Products Trends to Watch in 2022 Blog 18 Jan 2022 E2E Value Chain 5 Retail-Consumer Products Trends to Watch in 2022 Retail struggling!? Not quite in 2021 according to IHL Group[1]. US Retail growth in 2021 through November was $831B USD. The growth for November alone was $91.1B USD. Total retail growth year to year is 18.2% and that is a $5.5T market growing at 18.2% for the year. Even taking out C-stores and Gas Stations, […]
Stronger Together: Plastics & Packaging Solution Requires Innovative Partnerships Blog 13 Jan 2022 Plastic Waste Stronger Together: Plastics & Packaging Solution Requires Innovative Partnerships Packaging protects the products we love and provides information about how to use them safely and responsibly – but packaging needs to become part of a circular economy. We, at Asahi Europe & International have a target of achieving 100% reusable, or recyclable packaging by 2030. And impressively, almost all key FMCG producers are aiming […]
How Can Retailers Create Positive Social and Environmental Impact Through Their Online Communities? Blog 06 Jan 2022 Corporate How Can Retailers Create Positive Social and Environmental Impact Through Their Online Communities? The events of the past year have cemented the role of supermarkets as a force for good in local communities. From collection and distribution points for foodbanks, to makeshift vaccination and testing centres, they’ve shown how their sheer size and reach can improve the world around us. With the continuing rise of online shopping and […]
Fighting Forced Labour of Children: First Steps for Businesses Blog 16 Dec 2021 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour Fighting Forced Labour of Children: First Steps for Businesses As we see out the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, one thing is clear: it’s time to step up action. Child labour has worsened. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF, there are now 160 million children in child labour – 8.6 million more children than in 2016. In […]
Building a Data Foundation to Help Democratise Data Analytics For CPGs Blog 15 Dec 2021 E2E Value Chain Building a Data Foundation to Help Democratise Data Analytics For CPGs At a recent conference, I was struck by an admission of a data leader at a top 10 consumer goods company about the poor state of data in CPG. “Nobody has figured out master data in CPG,” was the message that leader conveyed to us. They may have figured out a slice of their data […]
2021: A Progressive Year for Human Rights Blog 13 Dec 2021 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour 2021: A Progressive Year for Human Rights As we close the year by marking the annual International Human Rights Day, it is helpful to reflect on the past year to understand where we have come in our fight against forced labour, and to look forward to see where we still need to advance. With an estimated 25 million people trapped in cases […]
Accelerating Sustainability Transformation: Six Proven Levers For Decarbonising Your Supply Chain Blog 30 Nov 2021 E2E Value Chain Accelerating Sustainability Transformation: Six Proven Levers For Decarbonising Your Supply Chain No company’s action plan is complete without considering how to remove greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its supply chain. Corporations are ratcheting up their efforts and using Science Based Targets (SBT) to set supplier emissions targets and address challenging Scope 3 emissions. The complexity and opacity of global supply chains means Scope 3 emissions are underreported and […]
Driving Workforce Nutrition for Healthy Employees and Healthy Business Blog 25 Nov 2021 Collaboration for Healthier Lives Driving Workforce Nutrition for Healthy Employees and Healthy Business As a Nutritionist, I am convinced that good nutrition, along with physical activity, is one of the most critical drivers of good health and wellbeing. According to the World Health Organization, consuming a healthy diet throughout one’s lifespan helps to prevent malnutrition in all its forms, as well as a range of noncommunicable diseases. However, […]
How Factories Can Achieve Net Zero: The Increasing Importance Of Stakeholder Alignment Blog 23 Nov 2021 E2E Value Chain How Factories Can Achieve Net Zero: The Increasing Importance Of Stakeholder Alignment By early 2021, over 1,000 companies in 60 countries, representing nearly 20% of global market capitalisation, had committed to ambitious Science-Based Targets. More than 25% of the world’s largest 2,000 companies had set Net Zero targets. Manufacturing and industrial companies, representing 22% of global emissions, have a particularly important role to play over the coming decade. […]
Improving Global Food Supply Chain Operations with Virtual Twin Technology Blog 22 Nov 2021 E2E Value Chain Improving Global Food Supply Chain Operations with Virtual Twin Technology Agribusiness continues to be a major player in the US economy, contributing $1.109 trillion to national GDP in 2019. Global agribusiness revenue is expected to hit $10.2 trillion as the global economy rebounds from the pandemic slowdown. Over the past generation, the food business grew by consolidating into large producer/distributor operations, centred on creating a […]
Purposeful Shopping Can Be a Question Mark for CPGs — Is Data Transparency an Answer? Blog 19 Nov 2021 E2E Value Chain Purposeful Shopping Can Be a Question Mark for CPGs — Is Data Transparency an Answer? The pandemic accelerated changes already in motion. McKinsey coined “the next normal” to describe the Covid-spurred generational shift in how people live and shop and, most crucially, what they care about. Buyers today are doing their research, and they know exactly what they want from a brand. They’re asking questions: What are the sustainability efforts […]
Reduce Or Offset? Do Both. Here’s How. Blog 17 Nov 2021 E2E Value Chain Reduce Or Offset? Do Both. Here’s How. Carbon offsetting is a polarising, frequently misunderstood concept. Some view it as an opportunistic way for polluters to appear sustainable without reducing their carbon emissions. Others see it as a short-term tactic for jump-starting the transition to Net Zero. In truth, offsetting is a valid strategic tool for companies committed to the Race to Zero. It can unlock […]
The Path to an Intelligent Enterprise Blog 15 Nov 2021 E2E Value Chain The Path to an Intelligent Enterprise Digital transformation is not limited to the introduction of appropriate software systems, but above all reorganises business relationships, corporate processes, and value chains. The corresponding software supports and drives this transformation. However, it is primarily a tool to achieve this goal. Business transformation affects the respective functions, modes of action and departments. Processes are viewed […]
The Global Trucking Shortage is Both Real and Engineered Blog 12 Nov 2021 E2E Value Chain The Global Trucking Shortage is Both Real and Engineered Around the world there is a chronic shortage of truck drivers and for good reasons. Becoming a Supplier of Choice may not solve all your transportation problems, but it’s a good start to rapidly improving work conditions and increasing efficiency and profitability. If there was no COVID-19 pandemic and every freighter in the world could […]