Supply chain risk assessments

Although you may be aware of the direct ways in which your business relies and impacts on biodiversity, most are likely concealed in your supply chain. This means that even if you have a proactive approach in your direct sphere of influence, you may continue to have adverse impacts on biodiversity throughout your supply chain, for example, through embedded deforestation or pollution. This threatens the future viability of your business through a loss of sustainable and resilient resource pools and poses risks to your reputation as there is increasing consumer and investor demand that whole-value-chain impacts are fully considered. We can disentangle the complex and often hidden impacts and dependencies on biodiversity in your supply chain and advise how to assess the current and future risks to your business.

The Nature Positive team will complete an audit of your supply chain, thereby helping you to understand your upstream impacts on biodiversity. We map out your supply chain at a high level using information about the supplier, the physical source of the materials and the quantities used, and cross-reference against the biodiversity record. By taking scale and activities types into account, we can generate a high-level flag for certain suppliers and material types that are most likely to have the greatest impact on biodiversity. From these high-level flags, we can investigate a subset in-depth using a combination of desk-based research and site visits. For larger companies with complex supply chains, we prioritise broadly by type of purchase, for example, material type, and areas of large spend.

The results of the supply chain risk assessment will help you understand where and how your upstream activities affect nature. We will outline our recommendations on how to reduce your biodiversity impacts, such as making changes to specific suppliers, reducing the use of certain materials or engaging with your suppliers to encourage best practices. Auditing your supply chain in this way helps to build your reputation as a sustainability leader. It will also de-risk your supply chain to ensure the future viability of your business.

If you are interested in finding out more about how supply chain risk assessments can help you understand your current impact on nature, please get in touch.