more than 85%

of consumer goods

$200B

product sales

2500 +

companies around the world

Introduction

Executive Summary
Every organization wants to know, what difference am I making?

The Sustainability Consortium has a single lofty mission – to help make all consumer products, around the globe, more sustainable. Are we there yet?

When an organization or initiative is young it measures progress by its inputs. In the early days of TSC, we measured progress by the number of members we had, or the amount of funding we obtained, or how many people came to a meeting. As our initiative matured into a concrete idea, we began to measure our progress based on process. Are stakeholders happy? Are we finishing our work on time? How much of the consumer product space are we now covering?

2017 represents a landmark year for TSC as we can now begin to see evidence of the real business change happening due to the work we have done together.

In 2016, over 2500 suppliers used our category sustainability surveys to report their progress to their retail buyers, up 25 percent from the previous year. These suppliers represented over $200B in sales to their retailer partners. This number is even bigger if we consider that any of the changes that these manufacturers make to their products or processes will benefit all their consumers.

So, we know participation in using TSC’s KPIs is up and the numbers sound big – but is anyone doing anything differently because of it?

In early 2017, we asked suppliers who had taken TSC training to share their experiences about responding to the TSC survey. Over 250 suppliers responded, and 40 percent of them replied positively that they had done something tangible to improve their KPI scores – created internal data collection and communication systems, engaged suppliers, changed products or processes, or begun to communicate publicly about their sustainability efforts.

Let’s drill down a bit more. Here’s one of the comments we received:

“We started data collection 6-7 months earlier than the survey deadline and supported all suppliers to set up their energy records and GHG inventory.”

How many dozens or hundreds of this manufacturer’s suppliers are now tracking and improving their energy efficiency and reducing their GHG reductions? How many of the other 2500 manufacturers are doing the same with their supply base? In the next several years we’ll be able to gather more quantitative measurement of our collective impact on the planet, but we’re beginning to see the qualitative evidence that our theory of change is working. When retailers and brand manufacturers agree to be stewards of our social and natural capital on behalf of their consumers, market forces can create positive change.

TSC stakeholders are eager to act: Now that we know the hotspots, let’s get on with it! In 2016, TSC initiated several member-driven projects, such as the Agricultural Metrics Task Force, Circular Economy toolkits, Common Chemical Criteria Task Force, and the Cold Water Saves campaign. TSC was also significantly involved in supporting the corporate deforestation commitments made by the Consumer Goods Forum and under the New York Declaration on Forests. TSC’s unique membership base, representing corporate, NGO, and academic stakeholders, across different industries and parts of the supply chain, will continue to provide fertile ground for significant, pre-competitive collaboration.

Our 2017 Impact Report is presented in a serial fashion, so that we can highlight different stories of our progress throughout the year. Thanks for joining us on the journey.

Foreword

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Welcome from TSC CEO

When retailers and brand manufacturers agree to be stewards of our social and natural capital on behalf of their consumers, market forces can create positive change.

Theory of Change

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Case Studies

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