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Global Community for Sustainable Value Chains

A collaborative initiative for making value chains more sustainable.

Why a Community for Sustainable Value Chains?

Do you wonder how to effectively make your value chain more sustainable? How to embed ESG and sustainability in strategic and operational value chain decisions? How to better use data & analytics for optimizing your carbon footprint or how to practically take a ‘cradle-to-grave’ approach and reduce Scope 3 emissions?

The Global Community for Sustainable Value Chains wants to follow-up on these questions and explore pragmatic and effective solutions. It provides a platform to systematically and openly exchange know-how and to discuss latest innovations and developments with like-minded companies, academia, and experts.

How the Community Works

Community members are provided with continuously updated content, comprising interesting lectures, latest research information, innovative use cases, lessons learned and how-to guidance.

Furthermore, design thinking workshops will be conducted to ensure a continuous inflow of new ideas. The workshops also offer the chance to share thoughts and ideas as well as challenges that will be discussed within the community. Benefit from this opportunity to find partners for co-innovation joining forces in the endeavor  to make your value chain more sustainable.

Why Join?

  • Joint learning and exchange on key sustainability questions along the value chain
  • Latest thinking on managing Scope 3 from tracking to redesign and supplier management
  • Regular discussion with like-minded sustainable value chain ambassadors across industries
  • Possibility to actively participate in shaping the agenda and topics of interests

Community Initiators

CAMELOT & University of Mannheim

The Global Community for Sustainable Value Chains was initiated by the Chair of Sustainable Business at the renowned University of Mannheim and CAMELOT as a leading consulting specialist for value chain management.

What Are Sustainable Value Chains?

Sustainable value chains integrate sustainability as a key decision criteria in management processes with immediate effect on value chain strategy and operations. Sustainable criteria often refer to environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance standards.

Consumers, politics, and investors call for sustainable value chains. Therefore, embedding sustainability in strategic, tactical, and operational value chain processes becomes critical. Scope 3 of the Greenhous Gas (GHG) protocol is a commonly used accounting and reporting standard and a recognized cross-industry determination criteria for sustainable value chains. Scope 3 stands for all indirect emissions from activities of the organization, occurring from their up- and downstream value chain. It usually covers the biggest share of an organization’s carbon footprint with approximately 80% of emitted CO2. In detail, Scope 3 accounts for 15 different up- and downstream activities, which are (among others) associated to purchased goods and services, commuting, and transportation.

Exemplary Discussion Topics within the Community

Business Model Innovation

How to make sustainable business in the future, that drives innovation and leads to competitive advantage through sustainability (e.g., ‘circular & sharing’).

Sustainability Target Operating Model

Sustainable operational processes, technologies, and competencies, considering sustainable factors, such as CO2 emissions, beyond cost and services. Operational reduction of waste, emissions, and OPEX.

CO2 Measure Portfolio

Online database providing detailed information on carbon emission of raw materials, parts and products, as well as processes. Such database allows (internal) benchmarks of carbon emission and assists in identifying optimization potentials.

Carbon Footprint Analysis

CO2 emissions are analyzed in reference to Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions of the GHG protocol, typically, either as a corporate footprint or a drill down to specific levels (e.g., entity, business unit, category, or products).

Circular Material Reuse

Circular economy describes a closed-loop supply chain. It enables a ‘waste-to-value’ approach which allows to re-use products by recycling or refurbishing. A key aspect is the integration of those products in a company’s demand and supply planning process, as well as replenishment.

Path to Net Zero

Net zero describes a combination of reduction and offsetting efforts. Purchasing carbon credits of other companies does not count towards reaching a “net-zero carbon” state.

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Thomas Ebel

Partner Value Chain Strategy & Transformation​

Experienced value chain strategist helping companies transform their value chain into a value engine for the business, bringing together strategy and digital innovation.

Jean Bauer

Sustainable Value Chain Consultant

Combining digital and sustainable expertise to drive future-ready business transformation.

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