Author: Klaus Wiesen

How sheeps suffer for Merino wool

Warm jumpers from Merino wool are in most people’s winter wardrobe. A recent report from ZDF and Spiegel showed that most Merino sheeps undergo a painful intervention called mulesing. The mostly overbred sheeps have large skin folds – a potential source for deadly infections. During Mulesingtheseskin folds are cut away which us a cruel and painful procedure. Although the demand for wool, for which no sheep has to suffer, increases, only ten percent of merino wool is mulsing-free. The authors of the report took the test and asked 34 well-known retailers and brands about the source of the Merino wool in their productswith none of them being able to respond.

sustainabill can help fashion brands to understand their supply chain

With sustainabill, fashion brands get the transparency in their supply chain they need to quickly respond to stakeholder questions. They can find out where their products come from mapping every step of the supply chain. This is more and more important, as consumers want to know where their raw materials came from and how humans, animals or the environment are affected by the production of their products.

Wuppertal Institute in Top Ten of global Think Tank Ranking

The Wuppertal Institute, partner of our supply chain transparency platform, has been voted for the second time into the top ten in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index. More than 8,100 contributions from universities, media representatives, politicians and think tank staff were analyzed this year according to what role they play in governments and civil societies around the world. Being ranked ninth place in the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), it makes the Wuppertal instituteone of the world’s leading international think tanks in the Environment Policy category.

Vortrag beim Organic Textile Forum

Unter dem Motto „Beschaffung im Wandel – Best Practice nachhaltiger Textilbeschaffung“ findet vom 8, bis 9. Mai das Organic Textile Forum in Konstanz statt.

Klaus Wiesen wird vor Ort sein und einen Vortrag zum Thema „Supply Chain Mapping – Problemorientierte Methode für mehr Transparenz in der Textilindustrie“ halten.

Mehr Informationen zur Veranstaltung sind hier zu finden.

Joining the Copernicus Incubator

Satellite information have huge potential to ensure truly sustainable supply chains. We have been selected to join the Copernicus Incubator Programme – a programme which supports the most innovative and commercially promising business applications based on Copernicus data and services. Using Copernicus data for remote data analysis will allow us to automatically validate supplier self-information and assess sustainability risks. 

We will develop an open interface to integrate satellite data for remote data analysis. Via the interface, Copernicus data and processed satellite data from other start-ups and organisations can be integrated directly into the sustainabill platform.

More information to the Incubator Programme can be found here:

Meet us at the BSR Conference 2018

Klaus Wiesen will represent sustainabill at the BSR Conference, which takes place from November 6-8 in New York City. This year’s topic will be “A New Blueprint for Business”.

BSR, short for “Business for Social Responsibility”, is a non-governmental organization dedicated to consulting initiatives and companies of various sizes with regard to their sustainability commitment.

The annual BSR conference is one of the longest-running and most well-regarded business sustainability events.  Each year, they organize BSR conferences with participants from all over the world. More than 800 representatives from companies, NGOS, foundations and governments will be attending the conference in order to elaborate on possible solutions to global challenges.

Interested? Find more information here:

We are thrilled to work with Humanity United

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by Humanity United for a grant to strengthen Social Lifecycle Assessments in global Supply Chains. Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. Through this grant, we will use our sustainabill cloud platform to discover facilities in high-risk areas and measure the happiness of workers. We are especially proud to collaborate with Humanity United on our vision for making supply chains transparent and sustainable.

Throughout the project, we will be working closely with industry and service partners. Right now, we are excited to partner up with the award-winning ethical trade consultancy Impactt, which specialises in improving labour conditions and raising productivity in global supply chains in a way that benefits brands, sites, and workers alike. Our cooperation with Humanity United and Impactt, both of whom promote the social dialogue and with expertise in understanding human rights, gives us the opportunity to not only learn from our partners, but also to further grow and shape sustainabill towards having a meaningful impact on every individual involved in the supply chain.

Klaus Wiesen, CEO of sustainabill, says “We are thrilled to start the project and take social assessments to the next level. Creating a team of experts from all spectrums involved in the supply chain offers our innovation the chance to have a tangible impact on people’s lives.” At sustainabill, we feel that specifically combining the needs and wants of the diverse stakeholders within a supply chain, from business to worker, creates a new advantage for industry by at the same time improving labour conditions. We want to bridge this gap. Collaborating with Humanity United brings us one step closer to this goal and we couldn’t be more excited to start.

Sign up for the SusCritMat autumn school

From October 24-26, SusCritMat will hold an autumn school for companies curious about different aspects of managing critical raw materials at the University of Delft, Netherlands. SusCritMat is an initiative within the EIT Raw Materials – the largest consortium on raw materials worldwide.

Experts from academia and from economy will share their knowledge at this event.  As part of the autumn school Klaus Wiesen and Willem Bulthuis will be presenting sustainabill’s approach of increasing supply chain transparency. We are excited to gain and also share insights in ways to make supply chains more transparent and resource efficient.

One can choose  which speeches and discussions to attend from three different “tracks”: Policies and regulations, Circular Economy Strategies or Tools and Analytics.

Find more about the program of the autumn school here:

We hope to see you there!

We are developing the new ecoinvent WebApp

sustainabill has been selected by ecoinvent to develop a WebApp for Data Providers.

The app will be cloud-based, so data providers can easily login from any system. The new datasets can be uploaded via an excel template, which increases flexibility for data providers. The datasets will be automatically validated and then converted into the open source data format from eocinvent, called ecoSpold2.

ecoinvent is the world’s most consistent and transparent database for life cycle inventories. The data are used for environmental and sustainability assessments such as carbon footprints and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Every year, hundreds of new inventories are added to the database across different sectors and regions worldwide.