THESIS, or The Sustainability Insight System developed by TSC, is a performance assessment system that equips retailers, manufacturers and suppliers to benchmark, quantify, and take action on critical sustainability issues within their consumer product supply chains. 

THESIS deploys science-based Key Performance Indicators that identify environmental and social hotspots across the entirety of a global value chain. These KPIs also highlight improvement opportunities to help users achieve maximum sustainability impact. THESIS aligns with widely-used certifications, standards and tools and is designed to support existing reporting efforts while offering deeper insight.

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Independent, Objective 

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Science-based, Multi-stakeholder Created across both corporations and NGOs 

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Measures Year-Over-Year Progress

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Reduces Survey Fatigue

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Uses Industry Benchmarks to Gauge Existing Portfolio Performance

Across THESIS assessmentsrespondents can leverage 205 standards and certifications,
and 72 tools to directly answer KPIs.
TSC assessments reference 778 certifications, standards, tools, and websites as background information for respondents. 
TSC maintains relationships and memberships with key certification partners such as Rainforest Alliance, FairTrade USA, Global G.A.P., and more. 

Current retailers using or have piloted THESIS:

      • Woolworths
      • Walmart
      • Sam’s Club
          • Tractor Supply Company
          • Ahold Delhaize USA
          • Walgreens Boots Alliance
            • Walgreens
            • Staples
            • Kroger
            • Wakefern
            • Sprouts Farmers Market
            • Large global wholesale retailer (20,000 + suppliers)

            THESIS Supporting Documents

                With THESIS, users can:

                    “THESIS is instrumental in helping Georgia-Pacific communicate with our retail customers. Answering several different assessments at a time is a drain on our time and resources. THESIS not only makes it easy for us to answer one assessment for multiple retail customers, but the consistency across the questions asked year-to-year also helps us measure our progress.”

                    Todd Wingfield

                    Sustainability Director, Georgia-Pacific

                    THESIS KPIs and Supply Chain Diagrams

                        TSC methodology identifies the most significant hotspots within a product category supply chain and designs key performance indicators to measure supply performance on those hotspots. Supply Chain Diagrams are graphic representations of product life cycles.

                        THESIS Industry Insights Reports 

                        1. Trends across Fortune 100/500 companies as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and privately-held companies  

                        2. Trends on all the sustainability issues and hotspots that cut across whole supply chain stages and consumer goods sectors  

                        3. Trends largely not reported elsewhere in the food and CPG industry where THESIS has unique insights 

                        HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS

                        PACKAGING INSIGHTS

                        TRENDS IN TEXTILES

                        OUR METHODOLOGY

                        We have a rigorous methodology to evaluate available scientific knowledge, identify environmental and social impacts, and identify improvement opportunities for many different types of consumer products.

                        Get started with THESIS today.

                        Contact TSC VP, Development, Carolyn Baltz