Asda and the Co-op are collaborating by enabling mutual suppliers to submit aggregated data on waste, water and energy to both retailers at the same time. The supermarket retailers are working with 2degrees to collect the sustainability data via its platform Manufacture 2030.
“So far Asda has seen fantastic results from working with 2degrees on the Sustain & Save Exchange (SSE) platform,” said Laura Babbs, sustainability manager at Asda. “Allowing our suppliers to remove duplicated effort has engaged our supply chain giving them the opportunity to drive efficiencies.
“We have worked with 2degrees and the supplier advisory board to make the request as simple as possible for suppliers. We appreciate that smaller businesses may not have the resources, so providing this reporting function and enabling them to share data will save them time and put their efforts into other critical areas.”
Sarah Wakefield, food sustainability manager, Co-op, said: “The Co-op is committed to a better way of doing business and we believe that collaborating on data collections means our suppliers can focus on what matters most – making great quality products with the lowest environmental impact possible. We are also heavily focused on building long-term relationships with our suppliers and this forms part of a better and more collaborative way of us working together.”
Martin Chilcott, CEO 2degrees said: “Both retailers have heard extensive feedback from suppliers that differing requests burn resource – which could be better used making great products as efficiently as possible. Simplifying life for suppliers, while getting important data is essential – and we invite other retailers to join this revolution to help their supply chain save time, money and resource.”