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Manufacturers team up to boost efficiency

A global platform has been launched to help retailers, brands and manufacturing suppliers cut their costs, reduce risk and minimise environmental impact through cross-industry collaboration.

A global platform has been launched to help retailers, brands and manufacturing suppliers cut their costs, reduce risk and minimise environmental impact through cross-industry collaboration.

Manufacture 2030 is accessible to businesses of all sizes, corporates and SMEs wanting to collaborate and share knowledge to drive improvement via waste, water, energy and cost reduction.

It was established by 2degrees, a digital collaboration platform provider for sustainable business. Founding partners include leading companies such as Co-op and Mars. 

Online tools

The new platform enables corporates to engage with their suppliers in large numbers, helping suppliers and operational managers to improve the performance of their individual factories using three collaborative tools:

  • Supplier Engagement Channels: private spaces on the platform for supply chain owners to work with their suppliers and motivate them to go beyond compliance
  • Energy, Waste and Water Hubs: open spaces where operational managers from any company can share best practice and experience
  • Tools: a peer-enhanced tool with resources to help managers cut costs, risks, and impacts, and benchmark their progress.

Supply chain risk

The platform aims to support the growing trend for companies to look beyond their own operations and work closer with their supply chains to improve sustainability.

According to 2degrees, 80 per cent of costs and risks for most large retailers and brands sit in their supply chain.

“Most retailers and large companies now recognise there is a significant opportunity to reduce cost and risk, and drive growth by being more sustainable”, said Martin Chilcott, founder and chief executive of 2degrees.

“The challenge for businesses is that most of that opportunity sits in sprawling supply chains, and until Manufacture 2030 there has been no cost-effective way to unlock it.”

‘Building trust’

The Co-op is one such business. The company's food sustainability manager, Sarah Wakefield, commented: “Over the next few years, Co-op have ambitious plans to reduce the environmental impact of our products and actively support our suppliers to make sure our supply base is resilient to a changing climate.”

“We firmly believe that working together with other major businesses and building trust among our suppliers are key in achieving our goals”, she added.