White Papers

Thought leadership papers that support industry insight into beyond audit initiatives and program effectiveness

White Papers

Thought leadership papers that support industry insight into beyond audit initiatives and program effectiveness

White Papers

Our teams work with independent and established organizations to explore and promote effective solutions to supply chain challenges.

ELEVATE has a long history of collaborating with industry initiatives, academics and trusted independent organizations to explore and investigate alternative / more effective approaches to responsible sourcing. This includes studies that actively link social responsibility to business metrics (e.g workforce retention and quality improvements) as well as models for supplier / factory advancement and grading.

Business case for responsible electronics manufacturing

Electronics suppliers are often reluctant to invest in working conditions, as they see such investments as ‘cost-only’. The objective of this project was to analyze the business case for investing in improving working conditions in the electronics manufacturing industry in the Pearl River Delta (PRD), China. This report was commissioned by the IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative. It includes key findings and recommendations for how investing to improve working conditions can generate productivity improvements and make business sense.

Responsible sourcing management model

The responsible sourcing management model ('the model') is a tool developed by ELEVATE to help identify the management practices that will improve efforts to responsibly source private label products. The model is intended as a resource for company responsible sourcing programs. Not every tactic identified in the model is appropriate for every company.

The model is divided into five sections, including:
  • Strategy and commitment
  • Communicating, reporting and engaging
  • Internal alignment
  • Supplier monitoring and engagement
  • Transparency & traceability

The model divides initiatives into those that are core, proactive, or strategic. All programs will have elements that fall into each of these categories:

  • Core: These elements are the building blocks for effective responsible sourcing. They are primarily focused on risk mitigation.
  • Proactive: These elements indicate a move toward understanding and addressing business impacts in the supply chain. They begin to go beyond a risk-focus, to consider the opportunities for supply chain performance improvement.
  • Strategic: These elements holistically consider industry risk and impact, and address a 'net positive' supply chain impact. They represent forward-thinking and integrated business planning and processes.