Responsible Sourcing Research
Expectations for responsible sourcing are on the rise. Your customers, regulators, partners, investors and staff rightly want to know the who, what, why, where and when of the materials in your supply chain. Meeting those expectations requires global data gathering and incisive analysis.
What we offer
Bespoke methodologies, analytics and reports, alongside standardised profiles and indices for quick, actionable intelligence on supply chains, by company, by country, by material and by issue area.
Our standardised products include:
Responsible sourcing indices
We publish the TDi CAHRA Index, which offers an indicative determination of “conflict-affected and high-risk areas” for companies implementing the OECD due diligence guidance on responsible mineral supply chains. We also offer an environmental overlay to this index, for companies wishing to consider a broader set of risks in their supply chain due diligence.
Using custom software to monitor the web for allegations associated with material producing companies, we present structured analyses and clear risk assessments for procurement departments.
TDi offers in-depth country reports that weave together open-source information and insights from expert and stakeholder interviews to gauge 13 dimensions of country level risk, including a subnational-level indicative determination of conflict-affected and high-risk areas for companies implementing the OECD due diligence guidance on responsible mineral supply chains.
At-a-glance comparisons, material by material, of a wide range of sustainability attributes and environmental and social risks in global supply chains.
Detailed overviews of individual materials, including descriptions of key sustainability issues, identification of prominent associated environmental and social risks, and mapping of active civil society advocacy campaigns and relevant responsible sourcing initiatives and voluntary standards.
Should we mine deep-sea minerals?
In May, TDi’s Dr Assheton Carter, took part in a panel discussion and spoke on deep-sea minerals’ extraction at the Cobalt Institute 2021 Conference.
‘Deep-Sea Minerals: Why Manufacturers and Markets Should Engage Now’ has been published by the World Economic Forum, written by the team at TDi Sustainability. The paper is the second in a series of three briefing papers for the Deep-Sea Minerals Dialogue, which aims to engage manufacturers that have metals in their supply chain and the market exchanges that trade them. The Dialogue is impartial and aims to inform these businesses of the importance of the topic, their stake in decisions about deep-sea mineral development, the opportunity to engage and to formulate a plan of action.
Decisions being taken now on the development of deep-sea minerals have implications for ocean conservation, responsible sourcing, sustainable production and even for our fight against accelerating climate change. It is a topic of generational importance and we need to pay attention. Let’s grasp the opportunity to engage and open the dialogue.