After more than 10 years in the field, we’re creating something new. If you’re struggling to find out where your products came from and how they got here, we want to talk to you.
Knowing where products come from and how they got here is important – to consumers, to companies, to regulators, and to the planet.
We make it possible for companies to collect and manage value chain data, from primary production to finished product and to communicate good practice to their customers.
We work with any product, anywhere in the value chain, and don't judge specifications ("organic", "Fair Trade", "GMO" etc.) Our mission is to create a framework to measure value chain performance rather than define what that performance should be.
The lack of accurate and complete information about the history of individual products makes informed sourcing decisions and reliable product claims impossible.
We know that getting that information is hard to do, but it is possible - we’ve done it.
We are currently working on a new solution, researching radically improved mechanisms for increasing the scale and efficiency of value chain mapping. Reducing the cost, expanding the reach and improving the benefits for all.
We believe that value chain maps can unlock real business value. Understanding a product’s history reduces risk and provides an important and powerful opportunity to create sustainable value.
We have a real opportunity here to extend our leadership in forest product certification by introducing innovative yet proven technology to improve integrity, speed and efficiency of the FSC certification scheme
Over the last ten years we have worked with some of the world’s largest brands and retailers to collect accurate data about millions of items from thousands of businesses throughout hundreds of value chains - from finished product back to raw material.
We developed an online solution, called String, that allows organisations throughout the value chain to share selected information related to the products they make with the customers who buy them.
String can be used to join the outputs from one organisation to the inputs of the next - building dynamic, accurate value chain maps for any product, no matter how complex.
A qualified project manager and operations director, responsible for delivering world leading products that drive integrity and transparency in supply chains. Proud to be working in an organisation that is on a mission to make a difference.
I lead the technology team at HF and can usually be found staring at our Kanban board. Working at HF brings a fascinating opportunity to use technology for Good™.
I passionately believe that ready access to information about products is important and that products without any information are less interesting.
I work on research and development, finding out what data people need, why and what the solutions should be. A Kenyan street dog can usually be found asleep under my desk.
We want to learn more about the challenges and opportunities you face with regards to mapping your value chains - what data you think is actually required, how often and why? Throughout 2014 we are reviewing the ‘state-of-the-art’, analysing the underlying requirements and elaborating the business cases. We plan to share the output with those who have helped us as well as developing and testing new ideas and techniques in real value-chains and reporting the results. We would love to hear from you.
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I’ve spent much of the last 20 years working with international brands and retailers on ways to understand where products come from. How did the everyday things that we buy get here and from where? It seems a simple enough question and yet for the vast majority of things we buy it is completely unanswerable. The label may say “made in China” or wherever, but normally that’s just where the bits and pieces were put together so where do the bits come from, and how do we find out?