THESIS IMPACT TEAM

We offer support, solutions, and engagement for THESIS users to maximize impact and reach their sustainability goals.

Our THESIS Impact Team helps you get the most out of The Sustainability Insight System, or THESIS (What is THESIS?). We are trained to help you identify, prioritize, and address sustainability impacts in your supply chains. Whether you are a retailer, procurement organization, brand manufacturer, supplier, or a producer, we can work together to define and achieve your supply chain sustainability goals.

DEFINE AND ACHIEVE YOUR COMPANY’S SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY GOALS WITH THESIS™

Our highly qualified experienced technical development team worked closely with TSC members to create science-based key performance indicators for sustainability, packaged into our THESIS suite of business tools for over 100 consumer product categories. Designed to be useful at every stage of consumer good supply chains regardless of business type or size, THESIS will help you assess, benchmark, and improve the sustainability performance of your products.

Our THESIS Impact Team offers resources and tailored support to help companies accurately assess the sustainability performance of their consumer goods using THESIS and to prioritize their results for continual improvement. We also support retailers and other buyers of goods, such as the food service industry, to successfully streamline and optimize supplier engagement and take action with the results.

How Can TSC’s THESIS Impact Team Support Me?

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I AM A SUPPLIER

Learn about our comphrehensive THESIS resources for consumer goods and food suppliers

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I AM A BUYER

Implementation Services for retailers, commercial caterers, or other purchasing organizations

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NEITHER SUPPLIER NOR BUYER

I’m just curious about THESIS and the THESIS Impact Team.

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SUPPLIERS

THESIS resources for consumer goods and food suppliers

Our user-friendly interface on SupplyShift gives you visibility and control of the data you share with corporate customers and enables alignment on priority goals and initiatives. THESIS on SupplyShift optimizes your time and money while helping you strengthen customer relationships.


THESIS also empowers you to:

  • Reveal opportunities for supply chain efficiency
  • Clarify sustainability performance
  • Communicate directly with retail customers
  • Identify supply chain risks
  • Access resources on supply chain impacts

Ready to get started?
Create or log back into your THESIS on SupplyShift account.

THESIS HELP CENTER

HELP! I need help completing a THESIS assessment or improving my sustainability performance.

We understand that each of our 1500+ THESIS users have different support needs. Which is why we created THESIS Help Center, a living library of short, self-guided support videos covering a broad range of topics. Mandarin and Spanish subtitles are available.

THESIS Help Center is password-protected. Need access? Contact help@sustainabilityconsortium.org.

THESIS User Guide: Consumer Goods Companies

For extensive one-on-one support

Access six hours of one-on-one support with key staff from TSC’s THESIS Impact or Technical Development team to help you complete your assessment or prioritize your results for action for $999*

*Please note that TSC is legally administered by the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University. Your payment will be routed to TSC through the University of Arkansas. You will receive notification of payment within 3 business days. For assistance, please email:  help@sustainabilityconsortium.org.

For clarity about a THESIS assessment or KPI

If you still need assistance, contact the Help Desk and we will be happy to assist you.

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Become a member of TSC if you are interested in…

Joining the discussions on sustainability priorities for your retail customers, Becoming more involved with the development and revision of THESIS assessments and other resources, or Joining TSC’s many other innovative projects and collaborations on sustainability issues across the consumer goods industry

How can I improve my sustainability performance?

We’re excited that THESIS can provide you with opportunities to increase your value proposition through sustainable products. If you’re looking for your company’s next steps towards sustainable products, we can help.

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For One-on-One Support

Access six hours of one-on-one support with key staff from TSC’s THESIS Impact or Technical Development team to help you prioritize your results for action for $999*

For One-on-One Support

Access six hours of one-on-one support with key staff from TSC’s THESIS Impact or Technical Development team to help you prioritize your results for action for $999*

My customer has just informed me I will be asked to share a THESIS assessment. What does this mean? What should I expect?

  1. Go to THESIS on SupplyShift to create a company profile or add yourself to an existing account and, if necessary, activate your THESIS license
  2. Select or add the most relevant assessment(s) based on the products you sell to your customer.
  3. Share your results with your customer(s) upon completing the assessment(s).

Tip! Allow ample time to gather the supply chain data needed to accurately complete the assessment(s).

Take advantage of unlimited THESIS access for up to 12 months for just $699 USD.  Your THESIS license will provide the following:

Unlimited THESIS standard assessments

Includes access to all available assessments, including guidance, related hotspot information and improvement opportunities, as well as autosaving and an easy user interface to enter information and share with customers.

Access to THESIS supporting documents

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 for offline calculators and response assistance tools for 12 common KPIs.

Action Recommendations

Every user will receive performance-based action recommendations to help prioritize their improvements.

Scorecards with anonymized peer benchmarking

Access to TSC and SupplyShift customer support services, Help Center, LinkedIn THESIS networking group, and more.

Unlimited Users (advanced)

Suppliers can add any number of colleagues to their profile to allow multiple users to help complete assessments at the same time and view results.

Multi-Retailer Sharing (advanced)

Ability to simultaneously communicate sustainability performance to all participating retail and purchasing organization customers without having to re-enter data.

BUYERS

Implementation Services for retailers, commercial caterers, or other purchasing organizations

Why should I use THESIS and its Impact Team?

Buyers like you use THESIS to understand and act on the sustainability performance of the wide range of products they purchase and sell. Powered by SupplyShift, THESIS gives unrivaled transparency into the sustainability performance of your products and supply chains, as well as identifies the most pressing sustainability hotspots and opportunities to deliver results. THESIS and our Impact Team help you strengthen relationships with your suppliers and enables you to:

  • Compare who leads and lags in sustainability performance
  • Identify suppliers with advanced sustainability practices
  • Reveal opportunities for market advantages
  • Reduce supplier survey fatigue
  • Identify and manage high risk suppliers

What Does the Process Look Like?

We set you up for success. Our THESIS Impact Team will help you identify an approach that fits your needs and goals. Some users prioritize by sector while others prioritize by sales volume. THESIS offers tools for 90% of consumer product categories, so we likely have your products covered. We make the supplier assessment process simple for you and your suppliers by streamlining data collection and reporting through our online platform powered by SupplyShift.

We guide your team and suppliers through the process. Our THESIS Impact Team has created a Help Center for your global suppliers to access support based on their needs and availability. We will lead targeted supplier-facing and buyer-facing training webinars, ensuring everyone is on the same page. We also provide hands-on, timely assistance to suppliers, giving them the tools and support they may need to accurately self-assess and share their products’ sustainability performance.

We help you use the results to make business decisions. Depending on your needs, the Impact Team can conduct additional, offline analyses of your suppliers’ performance results, propose appropriate next steps, support priority supplier follow-up.

By becoming a member of TSC you can get even more out of THESIS through our Impact Team, including:

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Virtual trainings for buyers and suppliers

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Project management support

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Supplier support services

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Additional data analysis and reporting

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Supplier engagement priority recommendations

What Does the Process Look Like?

We set you up for success by identifying solutions.

Our THESIS Impact Team will help you identify an approach that fits your needs and goals. Some users prioritize by sector while others prioritize by sales volume. THESIS offers tools for 90% of consumer product categories, so we likely have your products covered. We make the supplier assessment process simple for you and your suppliers by streamlining data collection and reporting through our online platform powered by SupplyShift.

We guide your team and suppliers through the process.

Our THESIS Impact Team has created a Help Center for your global suppliers to access support based on their needs and availability. We will lead targeted supplier-facing and buyer-facing training webinars, ensuring everyone is on the same page. We also provide hands-on, timely assistance to suppliers, giving them the tools and support they may need to accurately self-assess and share their products’ sustainability performance.

We help you use the results to make business decisions.

Depending on your needs, the Impact Team can conduct additional, offline analyses of your suppliers’ performance results, propose appropriate next steps, support priority supplier follow-up.

How Do I Get Started?

We want to help you gain transparency into your supply chain and make your products better and more sustainable. The best way to access our THESIS Impact Team’s support is by becoming a member of TSC.

Membership also provides exclusive access to THESIS revision and development, collaborative innovation projects, and invaluable pre-competitive sustainability networking with industry peers.

Contact our THESIS Impact Team to set up a free consultation call.

Jessica Ginger
Senior Director, THESIS Impact Team

NEITHER SUPPLIER NOR BUYER

I’m just curious about THESIS and the THESIS Impact Team.

Why does TSC need a team for implementation?

TSC’s THESIS Impact team helps businesses put THESIS into action. Want to know how THESIS users are doing? Read our Impact Report to see.

How is TSC contributing to the sustainability of consumer goods?

TSC drives improvement at scale in the sustainability of consumer goods by enabling companies to create transparency and address sustainability issues in their supply chains. Once transparency is established, we help businesses take the next steps towards reducing their impacts and creating more sustainable products.

Why do you work with big corporations?

Big business means big scale. Corporations like Walmart and Unilever have broad, international impact and huge purchasing budgets. When organizations of this size take action to improve their sustainability performance, the positive impacts reverberate around the globe. Without their participation and buy-in, we cannot achieve the sustainable world we all want to see. Learn more about how corporate TSC Members contribute to TSC’s Impact on our Membership page.

That said, SMEs (small to medium enterprises) have enormous collective impact on the industry. Over half of THESIS users are SMEs.

I have questions about THESIS.

Read our FAQs to learn more about THESIS and TSC’s new partnership with SupplyShift.

Want to learn more?

When you’re ready to join the charge towards sustainable consumer goods, contact TSC’s THESIS Impact Team to schedule a consultation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

How can I get involved?

We’re glad you asked! You can start by sharing what you’ve learned with your friends and family, especially on social media. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn . You can also become part of our family by donating to our programs.

Do you represent a company that wants to get involved in some other way? Contact Carolyn Baltz, Director of Membership and Development, to discuss your options. We’d love to have you onboard!