THESIS for Suppliers

Now more than ever before, retailers are setting and executing ambitious sustainability targets. To achieve these targets, retailers are seeking an increased understanding of their supply chain and are using THESIS to achieve this. Additionally, global market demand is high for environmental disclosure and rapid sustainability action. Pressure grows each year from consumers to regulators.

THESIS is a holistic, science-based transparency and performance management tool rooted in science and stakeholder collaboration. As a supplier, THESIS enables you to respond to multiple retailers while enhancing your awareness of your own supply chain to advance sustainability within your company.

THESIS Launch August 2024

Register Today for THESIS Live Webinars

TSC is hosting a series of FREE monthly webinars designed to help suppliers prepare for the upcoming campaign season! Please click below to sign up for these webinars and access recordings of previous sessions.

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Reduce survey fatigue while strengthening relationships with retailers 

Use a single platform to communicate directly with multiple retailer buyers. 

  • Be seen as a leader by your retail buyers

  • Align on retailer sustainability initiatives

  • THESIS is tried and tested with the world’s largest retailers over the past ten years 

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Gain valuable insights to focus your efforts and be equipped for action 

Define and achieve your supply chain goals. 

  • Receive tailored action recommendations to inform improvements year over year

  • Benchmark your performance against your competitors 

  • Supports existing reporting efforts while offering deeper insights

  • Capture historical year over year trends across product categories 

  • Identify operational efficiency and cost savings for activities crucial to your business 

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Learn about supply chain sustainability

Hotspots create clarity on the most pressing sustainability impacts for your products.

  • THESIS includes resources to understand supply chain sustainability and the sustainability of consumer products  
  • Gain science-based resources to inform development of consumer-facing language, external collaboration, and internal, cross-functional training 

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Build positive brand reputation and enhance your awareness of your risks and impacts

Understand the global impact of your products.  

  • Identify risks so you can take action to mitigate against climate-change, natural disasters, and social and political unrest

  • Meet growing retailer and consumer expectations while building trust with stakeholders through transparency

THESIS assessments replace the need for hiring separate resources to conduct category materiality assessments and for creating tailored sustainability improvement plans

Take Your Next Steps with THESIS

A single, annual THESIS License includes:

  • All THESIS on SupplyShift platform features: Access to all assessments, sharing with all THESIS retailers, and unlimited platform users.
  • Insights to inform your decision making: Scorecards and data analytics with clear action recommendations and improvement opportunities tailored to your performance to help you improve year over year
  • Support and resources for each step in the process, from: preparing for THESIS, completing assessments, and using your results to drive value
  • Resources to focus action on the most pressing issues in your supply chain, including resources for those just beginning to understand the sustainability of their supply chains, including:
    • Sustainability Snapshots: Overviews of the issues and opportunities for each assessment. These are ideal for internal communication when collecting data, as well as communicating results to external audiences
    • Supply Chain Diagrams: Graphic representations of product life cycles that highlight locations of hotspots, improvement opportunities, and their associated KPIs
    • Downloadable KPI Documents: Versions of the assessments in PDF and interactive Microsoft Excel formats
    • KPI Calculation Tools: offline calculators and response assistance tools for 12 common KPIs.

 THESIS Support Center

Welcome to the THESIS Support Center, a centralized place to find guidance, resources, and best practices to support your success driving value with THESIS. Our THESIS Support team is here to help you get the most out of THESIS and to help you identify, prioritize, and address sustainability impacts in your supply chains. 

We offer resources and support for each step in the process from:

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Phase 1

Getting Started with THESIS

  1. Understanding THESIS 
  2. Understanding your current organizational state 
  3. Getting Started on THESIS on SupplyShift 

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Phase 2

THESIS Data Collection and Completing KPIs 

  1. Data collection best practices, process, and important information 
  2. Completing THESIS KPIs 
  3. Completing THESIS Assessments 

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Phase 3

Using your THESIS Results to drive value  

  1. Understand your THESIS score 
  2. Using THESIS results to drive value 

Download our free THESIS Guides

NEW Intro to THESIS for Suppliers

NEW THESIS Process Overview

Resources are available based on what you need, from available on-demand to hands-on support.

For hands on
THESIS support:

TSC Membership

TSC Members receive enhanced THESIS assessment and performance support. Consider joining as a full TSC member to take advantage of all the tools and services TSC has to offer


NEW TSC Knowledge Hub

A searchable hub of short form articles with valuable information on THESIS and TSC

Getting your questions answered:

THESIS Live Webinar Series

Free webinars with important information and resources to support your THESIS Assessment process. Gives you the opportunity to have your questions answered live.

Trained Service Providers

Trained Service Providers are experienced sustainability expert consultants, with specialized training in THESIS content, KPIs, and methodology.

THESIS Product Finder

A free tool to help identify which product assessments exist on THESIS and an overview of the sustainability issues for each product 

TSC Help Desk

Questions about a KPI, navigating THESIS, or anything during your THESIS process? Contact: 

NEW TSC Sustainability Resources

A collection of resources to learn about consumer products and supply chain sustainability

THESIS Video Library

A living library of short, support videos covering important topics to support to help you complete THESIS assessments. A majority of our videos have subtitles available in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. How to enable subtitles.

TSC Webinars and Events

Stay up to date on TSC News and Upcoming Events


Take a quick spin through our FAQs on THESIS

Download our free guide: Optimizing your sustainability assessment process.

TSC Impact Report

Summary of 2021 THESIS Scores From 2016 to 2021, the THESIS assessments of product manufacturers have improved (relatively):


from 32.5% to 48.4% (where 100% equals the maximum score).

This is an indication that the systems and processes put in place to respond to THESIS KPIs are creating positive changes in the manufacturer’s practices and its supply chain, leading to an overall improvement in scores. Scores improved from 2020 to 2021 at about the same pace they have annually over all six years.