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AIOE & Ecodesk unite over transparency & sustainability

An alliance group whose members includes Del Monte and Pepsico has formed a partnership with the aim of improving supply chain transparency and achievi...

Freddie Pierce
|Jan 17|magazine6 min read

An alliance group whose members includes Del Monte and Pepsico has formed a partnership with the aim of improving supply chain transparency and achieving sustainability goals with Ecodesk, a cloud based platform for enhancing global supply chain sustainability.

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), whose more than 100 members include ConAgra, Del Monte, PepsiCo, Smithfield Foods, Sunny Delight, Snyder’s Lance, and Land O’Lakes partnered with Ecodesk, because, according to AIOE Managing Director Stephen C. Schlegel, the agreement will give AIOE members a better way to communicate their sustainability efforts to customers, and will give customers enhanced oversight over their supply chains.

Schlegel said: “The partnership will promote supply chain sustainability and operational best practice to some of the world’s leading manufacturing brands and businesses.

“With this partnership, we will see some of the leading manufacturing brands in the US following in the footsteps of existing Ecodesk users GSK, MGM Resorts and CA Technologies and embracing open data sustainability reporting.”

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing supply chain companies, founded AIOE in 2011 to create a forum where original equipment manufacturers and other suppliers and CPGs could collaborate to develop supply chain best practices.

Its mission is to improve the performance of CPG manufacturers and their suppliers by developing non-proprietary solutions to common production operations challenges.

Ecodesk is a leading user-managed sustainability database and communication platform that enables organisations to improve the management and performance of their supply chains through the aggregation of environmental, social and governance metrics presented via highly readable and customisable screen views and scorecards.

Dr Nick Murry, Ecodesk’s Chief Sustainability Officer and AIOE Partnership Manager, said: “We are looking forward to working with AIOE to help develop best practice in the area of sustainable supply, whilst at the same time offering AIOE members the means to measure and manage their own supply chains.

“With Ecodesk’s support, many organisations are already deriving real value from an improved understanding of their supplier base, using a single, effective, affordable platform.”