Insights provided by SCDP’s new location register, which has been unveiled in time for COP28, will show where suppliers are upholding environmental and social standards, allowing organisations to make better decisions.

SCDP’s partnership claims that being able to monitor global assets will assist with reducing emissions, identifying biodiversity loss and understanding the environmental impact of supply chains.

Location insights can be used to verify assets, including farms, sites and facilities, with follow-up monitoring over time. Data and certificates associated with each asset owner will be stored in the register, allowing for buyers and investors to make better decisions about procurement.

In September, Just Style reported that traceability had become a key theme in apparel company filings, as digital product passports gain traction and supply chains strive to become more transparent.

Ordnance Survey’s strategic market lead Donna Lyndsay commented: “Demonstrating the value of this register and getting it to a proof of concept has been a major milestone. We can now demonstrate how location data and technology can help sustainability initiatives succeed by providing accuracy when it comes to monitoring, analysing, and modelling solutions – getting us one step closer to a sustainable and prosperous future.

SCDP, which was founded at last year’s COP27, aims to provide location insights. In the past year, the platform has focussed on tracking the supply chains of products including wood-based packaging, soy and palm-oil.

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Lyndsay added: “Linking with the connected supply chain and entity experts GS1 UK [a not-for-profit association that maintains standards for barcodes and RFID tags] and GLIEF [Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation], now provides us with the global reach this initiative needs to grow at pace. We are now keen to hear from any businesses who are interested in how the register can support their environmental and sustainability goals.”

Other founding members of the SCDP include Unilever, Estri UK, Deloitte and Planet labs.

The partnership has a longer-term aim of making the information available through its platform available to consumers, allowing them to make better-informed choices.

SCDP’s news comes as Just Style reported the apparel sector’s failure to engage with suppliers on sustainable plans is hindering the 1.5°C target ahead of COP28.

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