Redefining Sustainable Sourcing

Time: 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Date: 15 November

15-11-2022 09:30 15-11-2022 10:00 Europe/London Redefining Sustainable Sourcing

When developing and producing natural extracts for multiple brands and customers, Blue Sky Botanics often get asked for a list of our ‘sustainable’ ingredients.  We know all suppliers and manufacturers in our sector are faced with the same request, and expectations are mounting.  As a whole we have long been striving to do the right… Read more »

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When developing and producing natural extracts for multiple brands and customers, Blue Sky Botanics often get asked for a list of our ‘sustainable’ ingredients.  We know all suppliers and manufacturers in our sector are faced with the same request, and expectations are mounting.  As a whole we have long been striving to do the right thing, but this innocent request is generally not a straightforward one to fulfil.  The reality is that Sustainable Sourcing as a phrase can mean different things depending on varying brand values / priorities.  Commonly the request translates to an environmental focus, and a hope that the amount the purchaser is in need of wouldn’t harm the chance of the botanical surviving in the future.  BUT, we feel a responsibility to dissuade this top-level response in favour of incorporating more environmental assurances, and to include the people affectations and fairness of trade within our best intentions.  As the expectations of the end customer amplify, producers are also receiving requests for information delving into deep detail about supply chains – retrospectively, when a product already exists and is made with a component that was sought initially siting botanical quality and consistent accessibility as paramount.

In tackling this subject, and trying to shape a suitable offering, we discovered that we needed to address the deeper meaning of the phrase, the wider context, the broadest impact, and the company level aims of the end user and assumptions made by their customers.  Though many companies have their own definition of the word Sustainable, we found it became increasingly difficult to match our belief in the meaning of Sustainable Sourcing to mirror the goals of each of our different customers.  Since we felt the phrase was perhaps being misused, or creating grey areas in the eyes of consumers, we took a stand to pursue alternative wording and evidence measures to help our customers feel confident in how we fulfil their desires.  In addition to our existing due diligence and Ethical Sourcing System based assessment, we have now agreed upon three alternative phrases with clear definitions so that brands can select which values they align with, and to encourage our esteemed customer portfolio to share in what doing the right thing looks like for us.

Speakers

  • Lyndsey Fisher-Cooke Creative Sourcing Specialist - Blue Sky Botanics

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