To make better products tomorrow, we must know where they come from today.
Collecting reliable, up-to-date information from supply chains is surprisingly difficult. We work with companies to help them understand the data they need collect to deliver the benefits they seek. We also work to design, develop and deploy tools to improve the management of value chain data, from primary production to finished product.
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Knowing where products come from and how they got here is important – to consumers, to companies, to regulators, and to the planet.
We work with companies to provide strategies, frameworks and tools to assess the products they purchase. The assessment may be for legal compliance (e.g. Modern Slavery Act, EUTR etc.), for business improvement (strategic sourcing, portfolio rationalisation etc.) or for product development (embedded energy, water footprint etc.)
We work with any product. 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. Over the past 14 years we have worked with some of the world’s largest brands and retailers on ground breaking projects – delivering unique insight into how global supply chain networks operate.
We continue to pioneer new approaches. We focused on a simple solution for supply chain risk management with the design of String3. Visit the site, or get in touch, to find out more.
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.
Over the last 14 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.
Along the way we have worked with our customers from idea to implementation – ranging across brand strategy, corporate risk, procurement processes, solution implementation and training. We’ve learned to keep it simple, and to focus on the people involved – throughout the supply chain.
If you need help with anything from business case development and project initiation through to tool selection and supplier on-boarding, please get in touch.
Tim is an expert in value-chain mapping, product integrity and traceability — focused on the strategic and operational opportunities associated with transparent supply-chains and production systems. He has been leading Historic Futures for over 14 years.
Julie is a qualified project manager, responsible for delivering our world leading products that drive integrity and transparency in supply chains. Julie has been working for Historic Futures since 2010.
Simon co-founded Historic Futures and has been working on the development of technology to enable improved data flow in value-chains for well over a decade.
Aidan joined Historic Futures in 2015 after 15 years working with or on open source software for a variety of companies. He enjoys making software with people and seeing how people use it in unexpected ways.
Piotr is responsible for delivering working software. He joined Historic Futures in 2010.
Rach is responsible for the design of String3 and tries very hard to make complicated things simple and beautiful. She has worked with Historic Futures since 2011.
Charlotte joined the team in 2013. She is responsible for product testing and customer support for our project developing the FSC’s Online Claims Platform.
Pau is responsible for delivering working software. He joined Historic Futures in 2016.
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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? We are reviewing the ‘state-of-the-art’, analysing the underlying requirements and elaborating the business cases. We would love to hear from you.
Just over 20 months ago the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) came into effect in the UK. It was widely hailed as a timely piece of legislation to address the (almost anachronistic) problem of slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century. By targeting supply chains, the act aims to ensure that businesses neither fuel demand for slave/forced labour, nor put consumers in a position where they purchase goods produced by workers under duress (McClean, 2015).