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Responsible Sourcing - Advisory and Verification Services

Responsible Sourcing
Advisory and Verification Services
Neil Mendenhall, Director of Service Development510.452.8018 Email

Businesses have increasingly been called on to lead sustainability efforts. This starts with understanding the supply chain and making commitments to social and environmental responsibility. At the same time, sustainability has steadily grown as a key consideration for consumers in their purchasing decisions. SCS provides customized solutions to supply chain transparency that help companies strengthen their sustainability goals, build their reputation, lower the risks in their supply chain, and meet consumer and stakeholder demands for more sustainable products.

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Basic Process

The process can vary depending on industry, product type, and company goals but usually begins with SCS conducting a Needs Assessment to determine the level of engagement. This iterative process provides SCS and the client with a clear understanding of the current sourcing practices and defines future goals. The final outcome is a comprehensive proposal with deliverables designed to meet the stated responsible sourcing objectives.

Service Offerings
  • Responsible sourcing policy
  • Risk-based ranking systems
  • Life cycle assessment to evaluate impacts
  • Supplier questionnaires
  • Code of conduct development and review
  • Sustainable sourcing criteria and metrics development
  • Benchmarking with existing schemes and standards
  • Piloting supplier audits/assessments
  • Education and training of staff and suppliers
  • Ongoing verification of supplier performance
Areas of Expertise
  • Agriculture: Food, Biofuels, Bio-based Products
  • Climate: Carbon Footprint, Offset Credits, and More
  • Health and Wellness Products: Botanicals, Supplements, Cosmetics
  • Forestry: Wood Products, Pulp and Paper Products, Packaging
  • Green Building: Building and Construction Materials, Furniture
  • Life Cycle Assessment: Environmental Product Declarations, Comparative LCA
  • Mining: Conflict Minerals, Precious Metals and Gems
  • Seafood: Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Textiles: Apparel, Upholstery, Geotextiles
  • Water: Water Footprint
Why Work with SCS

SCS Global Services:

  • Has expertise in a wide range of industries, and is pioneering sustainability in botanicals and health supplements. See Areas of Expertise tab.
  • Has experience of developing and supporting customized responsible sourcing programs with long-standing clients. See Starbucks Ethical Sourcing.
  • Works with you from start to finish, from consultation to implementation.
  • Has a global network of auditors and can work directly with all of your suppliers to clearly communicate the goals of your program, and gather and validate evidence of conformance.
  • Goes beyond tier one suppliers.
  • Works with single commodities and multiple products.
  • Can work with any software solution provider to ensure that proper data collection and reporting mechanisms are put into place to meet due diligence requirements. This also ensures that you can make informed decisions and measure performance over time.
  • Collects the stories and metrics for marketing support, annual reports, or other activities to help you promote your achievements.
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Neil Mendenhall, Director of Service Development 510.452.8018 Email Neil