By Martin Chilcott, founder and CEO of Manufacture 2030

Article 1 of 4 - Overview

For 12 years, at 2degrees, we’ve pioneered new ways to spread sustainable practices across manufacturing supply chains. We partnered with some amazing brands like Tesco, GSK, Asda-Walmart, Coop and Unilever, and worked with thousands of their manufacturing suppliers, right down at plant level. Not everything we tried worked, but a lot did - and we made it our mission to learn even more.

Three years ago, we brought all the best bits together and launched Manufacture 2030, with the sole purpose of accelerating carbon reduction at scale across manufacturing supply chains. This is the summation of those best bits.

If you like what is written below, take a look at our platform - the Bee. You will be in good company - our clients include the likes of: Toyota, Reckitt, Asda, Bayer, Interface and others.

The guide: four short articles
In four short articles, I am going to describe the three essential steps you need to take in order to have confidence you will achieve your Scope 3, supply-chain, carbon reduction target. If you work in a business where a significant proportion of your carbon footprint, cost and risk, sits outside your operations, upstream in a manufacturing supply chain - and you are tasked with reducing it - then this guide is essential reading for you.

The guide can’t promise to make it easy. Nothing worth achieving is ever easy, right? But, hard experience has taught us that if you do these things, you will more than likely succeed - and the world needs you to succeed.

An overview of the 3-steps
In essence, what we learnt in 12 years, every good manager intuitively already knows. If you want to drive real change across a supply chain to be certain of hitting your carbon target, you need to:

1. Measure: in detail each manufacturing site’s base line carbon emissions.
2. Manage: with clear forward visibility of a site’s likely future emissions so you can understand how fast (or not) it is reducing and manage its progress towards your target.
3. Improve: supplier capacity to reduce emissions, focused specifically on their action plans for closing the identified gap to your target.

Whilst you must be able to do this at an individual supplier manufacturing site level, you also need to do it hundreds or maybe thousands of times over. That, of course, requires  an army of consultants specialist platform technology.

Each article will cover one of the steps in detail. They will help you understand each step from the suppliers’ point of view as well. How you can ensure success by making your supply chain carbon reduction initiative a program of support and not another reporting burden. Turn it from an ‘ask’ to an ‘offer’, so you can make it a journey that the clear majority of them will happily join you on, because they will benefit from it too.

What I won’t do, is write much about our specialist platform, the Bee. We think it is unique and it is designed to do the one job of making ‘measure’, ‘manage’ and ‘improve’ scalable. You can find out more about the Bee here.

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