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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: https://copernicus-incubation.eu

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: https://www.bsr.org/en/events/view/bsr-conference-2018

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: https://suscritmat.eu/autumn-school-2018/

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.

Panel discussion at the ERF 2018

We will be assisting the fourth European Resources Forum on November 27-28  organized by the German Environment Agency, which will take place at Ludwig-Erhard-Haus in Berlin.

This year’s Forum will deal with different approaches to protecting the environment by saving resources, pursuing the overall aim to develop common European policies. 400 participants from 40 different countries will take part in the event, providing insight from a political, scientific, entrepreneurial, media and civil societal point of view.

On this occasion, Klaus Wiesen will participate in a panel discussion with other startups and “ecopreneurs” exchanging experiences and suggestions about the way that business innovations can enhance environmental protection and resource efficiency.

For further information, please visit: https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/node/26203 .

Joining the 2nd event of „Sustainable Fashion“

Meet us next week in Berlin for the second event of the series “Sustainable Fashion in the digital era”.

Organized by Zalando, the betterplace lab and Fashion for Good, this format aims to unite innovative actors and technologies committed to make a change towards transparency and sustainability in global fashion supply chains. We are looking forward to exiting discussions there.

Here you can register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transparent-sustainable-fashion-in-the-digital-era-registration-48476333017

Annual conference Network for Mining

Using the slogan “Smart. Efficient. Eco-friendly.”, the North Rhine-Westphalian Network for Mining (Netzwerk Bergbauwirtschaft) will host its 4th annual conference in Essen on 26th July. At this year’s convention, the most current strategies and ideas for mineral resources engineering will be presented with the help of practical examples, whereas the focus lays on digitalization, innovations, startups and transparency of raw material supply chains.

In this regard, Klaus Wiesen has been invited to give a presentation on “Transparent and Fair Raw Material Supply Chains” on 26th July.

Further information: https://www.energieagentur.nrw/netzwerk/bergbauwirtschaft/smart.effizient.umweltbewusst

Meet us at the LCIC 2018!

This year, the Life Cycle Innovation Conference (LCIC) is taking place from 29th to 31st August in Berlin. The conference’s main focus is on innovations, approaches, and methods that address the targets of sustainable development. In Berlin, innovators, companies, researchers, experts, and decision-makers meet to discuss ideas and promote the exchange of new ideas in order to create a more sustainable world.Klaus Wiesen will be in Berlin on 30th August to present on “The Benefits of Supply Chain Mapping in the Context of Sustainability Assessments” in the session “Digitalization and Sustainability”. His talk will focus on the benefits of transparent supply chains and how such can create lasting impact for specific sustainability assessment of individual products.

Find out more about LCIC at https://fslci.org/lcic2018/themes-topics/session-5-leveraging-digitalization-to-drive-sustainability/#1529935097604-12bee55e-4d35.