TSC INNOVATION PROGRAM

The Innovation Program launched in 2017 to provide a place where diverse stakeholders can work collectively to address sustainability challenges too complex for any one organization or individual to tackle alone. The program leverages data and insights from THESIS as well as TSC’s expansive membership and stakeholder network to move the needle on sustainability hotspots in the consumer goods industry.

Cross-sector, multi-stakeholder collaboration is needed to address complex and adaptive sustainability challenges so that we can create regenerative, resilient, and equitable supply chains. Through its collaborative approach, the Innovation Program creates a space where stakeholders can initiate, scope, and launch collective action projects that work to address these complex issues. As a result of TSC member leadership bringing ideas to the table, the Innovation Program hosts a pipeline of collective action projects and forums that generate solutions for addressing sustainability hotspots identified in THESIS.”

Since its launch, champions of innovation projects have included companies and organizations such as… 

  • ASU
  • American Chemistry Council
  • Bayer
  • Clorox
  • Cotton Inc.
  • Corteva
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company
  • Green Seal
  • Henkel
  • HSBC
  • KAO USA, Inc.
  • NC State
  • NicePak
  • Ocean Spray
  • PepsiCo. Inc.
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Syngenta
  • Unilever
  • University of Arkansas
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • WWF  

Participants assist with the ideation process, help scope projects, and get involved in workstreams related to output delivery through in kind or financial contributions.

Project Pipelines Include

CIRCULAR INNOVATION HUB

Check out our new and finished projects!

CURRENT AND PAST PROJECTS

BEAUTY AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY RATING SYSTEM

BEAUTY AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY RATING SYSTEM

ANIMAL WELFARE TOOLKITS

ANIMAL WELFARE TOOLKITS

Driving Impact By Streamlined Reporting From Field To Retail

Driving Impact By Streamlined Reporting From Field To Retail

TSC Work in the EU: Joining Forces in Europe

TSC Work in the EU: Joining Forces in Europe

TSC Respondent Tools

TSC Respondent Tools

THESIS Supplier Case Study: RG Barry Brands

THESIS Supplier Case Study: RG Barry Brands

SUSTAINABLE COMMODITIES PROJECT AND FRAMEWORK

SUSTAINABLE COMMODITIES PROJECT AND FRAMEWORK

THESIS Case Study: Tin Box Asia Pacific

THESIS Case Study: Tin Box Asia Pacific

Retailer Commitments

Retailer Commitments

Priority Jurisdiction Methods

Priority Jurisdiction Methods

Interpretation Guide of Quantitative Responses to THESIS KPIs in Select Produce Categories

Interpretation Guide of Quantitative Responses to THESIS KPIs in Select Produce Categories

The Fate of Food in the DSD System

The Fate of Food in the DSD System

Agriculture Metrics Task Force

Agriculture Metrics Task Force

THESIS Supplier Case Study: LENOVO

THESIS Supplier Case Study: LENOVO

THESIS Supplier Case Study: PMI WORLDWIDE

THESIS Supplier Case Study: PMI WORLDWIDE

THESIS Supplier Case Study: HENKEL

THESIS Supplier Case Study: HENKEL

THESIS Supplier Case Study: ECOS

THESIS Supplier Case Study: ECOS

THESIS Supplier Case Study: NORCOM, INC

THESIS Supplier Case Study: NORCOM, INC

THESIS Supplier Case Study: The Clorox Company

THESIS Supplier Case Study: The Clorox Company

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Campbells

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Campbells

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Church & Dwight

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Church & Dwight

Sustainable Coffee Challenge

Sustainable Coffee Challenge

Circular Innovation Hub

Circular Innovation Hub

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Ocean Spray

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Ocean Spray

Campbell’s Commodity Mapping Case Study

Campbell’s Commodity Mapping Case Study

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Robinson Pharma, Inc.

THESIS Supplier Case Study: Robinson Pharma, Inc.

RESOURCE GUIDE ON SUSTAINABLE ANIMAL FEED

RESOURCE GUIDE ON SUSTAINABLE ANIMAL FEED

TSC TRAINED SERVICE PROVIDER CASE STUDY: WMEP MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS

TSC TRAINED SERVICE PROVIDER CASE STUDY: WMEP MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS

THESIS SUPPLIER CASE STUDY: KELLOGG COMPANY

THESIS SUPPLIER CASE STUDY: KELLOGG COMPANY

DRIVING IMPACT BY STREAMLINED REPORTING FROM FIELD TO RETAIL

DRIVING IMPACT BY STREAMLINED REPORTING FROM FIELD TO RETAIL

RESILIENT AGRICULTURE ACCELERATOR FUND

RESILIENT AGRICULTURE ACCELERATOR FUND

RESPONSIBLE PEST MANAGEMENT (RPM) FRAMEWORK

RESPONSIBLE PEST MANAGEMENT (RPM) FRAMEWORK

SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH FUND

SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH FUND

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

SMALL FORMAT CIRCULARITY

WHY SMALL FORMAT?

This project was brought forward by TSC members working to improve the recyclability of small format products and packaging. Work is underway through a partnership with ASU’s InnovationSpace to conduct a landscape analysis of the issue, stakeholder surveys, test solutions with recycling partners, and develop guidelines for brands to use for product development, collection, remanufacturing, and communication with consumers.

  • It is estimated that 10% of all packaging is small format- a majority goes to landfill either directly or after falling through the cracks at MRFs 
  • Companies are setting goals to make 100% of their products and packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025 to align with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy goals and meet consumer demand 
  • Opportunity to correct frustration and complacency of end users due to a lack of information about how/ if products are recyclable which leads to a loss of trust 

See student outputs as part of our partnership with ASU’s Innovation Space:  Microcyclying  |  Pandora  |  Pak Green

PROJECT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:

  • Burt’s Bees
  • Clorox
  • P&G
  • Mars
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Balcones
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition
  • Recycling Partnership

OBJECTIVES:

  • Conduct current landscape analysis to better define the problem 
  • Test solutions with recycling equipment partners (may depend on Covid19 impacts) 
  • Conduct surveys of consumers, MRFs, brands, retailers, circularity experts 
  • Develop guidelines for brands for communicating to consumers and for product development, collection, and remanufacturing
  • Collect case studies from companies that test solutions 

    PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

    FOOD WASTE AND HUNGER

    WHY FOOD WASTE AND HUNGER?

    TSC’s Responsible Pest Management task force has developed a standardized assessment framework for measuring and communicating leadership in pest management to enable stakeholders across the value chain to better tell their sustainability story and convey value, needs, and improvements in responsible pest management practices. The framework has been mapped to existing assessments reducing the burden on users, and piloting is underway in the United States and the EU.

    • Drive increased adoption of responsible pest management practices through an industry developed standardized assessment framework to provide a common methodology for assessing leadership in responsible pest management. ​ 
    • Pest management and related impacts rank high on sustainability agendas in food, fiber, and forest value chains
    • Increased adoption of responsible pest management practices is needed to keep pace with industry goals
    • Go beyond compliance by assessing behaviors such as record keeping and scoping, using non-chemical and cultural controls, and communicating with neighbors and supply chain stakeholders.

    PROJECT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:

    • Kroger
    • Ocean Spray
    • Walmart
    • PepsiCo
    • Unilever
    • NRDC
    • WRI
    • PCC
    • Feeding America
    • After the Harvest
    • Society of Saint Andrew
    • NC State

    OBJECTIVES:

      • Understand how food is moving across the value chain within communities​, including on-farm gleaning, DSD and conventional methods of distribution.
      • Build a scalable model that can be applied in different communities.
      • Reduce food waste and expand donation of appropriate foods where possible.
      • Apply findings to mapping of existing surplus food networks and explore setting up a national/ regional food hub with relevant partners and stakeholders. ​

      PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

      RESPONSIBLE PEST MANAGEMENT

      TSC’s Responsible Pest Management task force has developed a standardized assessment framework for measuring and communicating leadership in pest management to enable stakeholders across the value chain to better tell their sustainability story and convey value, needs, and improvements in responsible pest management practices. The framework has been mapped to existing assessments reducing the burden on users, and piloting is underway in the United States and the EU.

      • Drive increased adoption of responsible pest management practices through an industry developed standardized assessment framework to provide a common methodology for assessing leadership in responsible pest management. ​ 
      • Pest management and related impacts rank high on sustainability agendas in food, fiber, and forest value chains
      • Increased adoption of responsible pest management practices is needed to keep pace with industry goals
      • Go beyond compliance by assessing behaviors such as record keeping and scoping, using non-chemical and cultural controls, and communicating with neighbors and supply chain stakeholders.

      PROJECT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:

      • Syngenta
      • Campbells
      • Bayer
      • IPM Institute
      • Cotton Incorporated
      • Ocean Spray
      • Global Gap
      • Grodan
      • Wageningen

      OBJECTIVES:

        • Develop a Standardized Assessment Framework: collaborate with food, fiber, and forestry business and NGO partners to assess and improve responsible pest management methods and communication across the value chain. ​​ 
        • Conduct Outreach: Outreach to leaders in the food, fiber, and forestry system will increase IPM and responsible pest management awareness (including growers, pest control advisors, food companies, NGOS, universities, government agencies, and retailers)  
        • Enable stakeholders across the value chain to communicate leadership in responsible pest management.
        • Map framework to existing metrics and assessment tools (including SAI Platform and PSA) with a vision of enabling scores in one tool to roll up into the RPM Framework to help facilitate communication on RPM without additional work from growers

        PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

        WASTEWATER CHALLENGE

        In 2019 TSC’s Wastewater Challenge task force launched the Wastewater 101 Toolbox, an interactive database of resources for improving wastewater treatment that allows users to pull curated packets of information relevant to their need and role in the industry. Initially focused on textiles, the scope of this project has been expanded to include all industrial sectors and work is underway to build out the functionality of the toolbox and generate new tools and resources that help fill gaps in knowledge and incentivize treatment.

        a
        From cars, to clothes, to medical supplies to food: most aspects of modern life rely on the manufacturing sector. ​These vital supply chains, and the communities in which they are located, are experiencing growing risks due to their dependence on local watersheds and the complicated intersection of water scarcity and wastewater pollution.

        Water is used in many parts of industrial processing and accounts for 19% of water use overall. Meanwhile, 80% of the world’s wastewater flows back into the environment without being treated or reused. It is estimated that industry accounts for at least 26% of humanity’s total grey water footprint.

        The Wastewater 101 Toolbox provides a place for stakeholders across the value chain to access training and resources for improving wastewater treatment in all industrial sectors and align on needs and expectations for driving proper treatment.

        PROJECT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:

        • HanesBrands Inc.
        • NC State
        • HSBC
        • Apparel Impact Institute
        • Sustainable Textile Solutions
        • Alliance for Water Stewardship
        • US Department of Energy
        • ZDHC
        • Walmart

        OBJECTIVES:

          • To provide resources, information, and training to build awareness of the business value and social responsibility of properly treating wastewater. ​ 
          • Develop the Wastewater Challenge- build industry commitments to source products that have been made using proper wastewater treatment and invest in appropriate technologies. 

          CONTACT

          Sarah Lewis
          Senior Director, Innovation
          The Sustainability Consortium
          sarah.lewis@sustainabilityconsortium.org