Leading the SSCI’s development and activities
The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) is sponsored at the CGF Board level by Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, and Richard Smucker, Executive Chairman of The J. M. Smucker Company. As the Coalition’s Board Co-sponsors, they actively drive and support the work of the SSCI and present the team’s progress to their peers during our bi-annual Board of Directors meetings. In 2020, in-line with the CGF’s new global strategy, the SSCI became a key Coalition of Action.
The SSCI is co-chaired by Hugo Byrnes, Vice President of Product Integrity of Ahold Delhaize, and Vineet Khanna, Vice President of Supply Chain of Nestlé.
The SSCI Coalition, consisting of 20 CGF members, has the mission of shaping the SSCI’s strategy and driving its development. It oversees the actions of the SSCI’s Technical Working Groups, provides the final recognition of SSCI benchmark applicants, and acts as a champion for the SSCI’s vision in their own companies to meet the SSCI’s overarching objective of driving meaningful change.
The SSCI Coalition also ensures alignment and support among the wider CGF by working together with other CGF Coalitions, including the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour (HRC), and Forest Positive. Notably, in coordinating with the GFSI, it also helps ensure a streamlined approach to benchmarking across the CGF.
Currently, there are 20 members of the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative.
The SSCI would also like to recognise the members of the founding Steering Committee for the SSCI who provided the critical work needed to conceptualise and launch the SSCI.
Under the strategic guidance of the SSCI Steering Committee, the SSCI Technical Working Groups (TWGs) collaborate to develop the benchmark criteria for each SSCI scope. The TWGs consist of SSCI members, other CGF members who are not members of the SSCI, and external expert stakeholders.
An original TWG was developed to create the SSCI Social and Scheme Management Criteria which now serves as the benchmarking requirement for the Manufacturing and Processing Scope. Currently, the SSCI has two TWGs working to adapt the SSCI Social and Scheme Management Criteria for the At-Sea Operations and Primary Production scopes, respectively. The Primary Production TWG is also supported by the Expert Panel on Aquaculture. Both the At-Sea Operations TWG and the Expert Panel on Aquaculture are supported by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SSCI).
The SSCI works with Benchmark Leaders who are independent experts in social sustainability and compliance, labour and human rights, auditing principles, management systems, and other relevant areas. SSCI Benchmark Leaders carry out the SSCI Benchmarking Process and work with the applicant scheme owners under the supervision of the SSCI Team. They provide independent insights and make recommendations to the SSCI Coalition, which ultimately provides final recognition for schemes undergoing benchmarking.