Supply Chain
New Partnership Streamlines Environmental Reporting in Sea Freight Supply Chain

Sustainable supply-chain management company EcoVadis and BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have announced a partnership aimed at standardizing sustainability reporting requests for the sea freight supply chain.

Under this partnership EcoVadis will align its environmental assessment questionnaires for sea carriers with the Clean Cargo Environmental Performance Survey framework. Clean Cargo members also will have the opportunity to leverage EcoVadis' online collaboration platform to access sustainability scorecards on their partners’ performance.

“We consider Clean Cargo as the leading initiative for Sustainable Supply Chain in the Sea Freight sector, and this partnership is part of our vision to align with the best initiatives in each sector in order to increase the reliability of our ratings and promote standardisation,” declared EcoVadis Co-President Pierre-François Thaler.

EcoVadis says its customers will now have access to more reliable data and an expanded base of sea freight carriers. Sea carriers in all countries will be able to avoid duplication of effort by leveraging one common environmental reporting framework to access over 100 EcoVadis customers and 20 Clean Cargo Working Group shippers.

Heineken, a long-standing member of Clean Cargo and EcoVadis, says robust and transparent metrics are key to being able to measure progress on its “Brewing a Better Future” strategy for sustainability, which focuses on reducing the carbon dioxide footprint of the company’s distribution. The new partnership will help companies such as Heineken to achieve their sustainability goals.

In other shipping innovation news, Global Fresh Foods, which specializes in extending the shelf life of fresh food, last year announced the development of a new technology to ship fresh salmon from Chile by sea to the west coast of the U.S. without using ice, environmentally harmful polystyrene foam packaging or expensive carbon emissions-heavy air freight. The SAF-D system maintains a high carbon dioxide and low oxygen controlled atmosphere, utilizing fuel cell technology to transform oxygen into water vapor, which allows for the natural preservation of fresh proteins and extends the shelf life of fresh food.

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