Consulting Project: Barry Callebaut

Project Title: Sustainable Chocolate – contributing to 100% sustainable ingredients by developing an approach for sustainability and traceability management in sugarcane supply chains

This project is assigned by Barry Callebaut to a consulting team within the Diploma in Sustainable Business program. The project timeline includes the period of October 2016 – June 2017.

Overall Goal

Identify the main sustainability and traceability challenges and potential opportunities in sugar cane supply chains, considering all actors in the chain.

Develop appropriate governance instrument(s) to implement traceability in these chains and ensure suppliers meet or exceed sustainability requirements addressing the key sustainability issues and making use of potential opportunities.

Develop a sustainability supplier management system for sugarcane that allows Barry Callebaut to monitor and continuously improve its suppliers’ sustainability and traceability performance and establish a rating and rewarding system at different levels of the sugarcane supply chain. Based on this experience, give Barry Callebaut guidance on developing similar management systems for other ingredients.

Overall Objective:

  1. Identification of the main sustainability and traceability challenges and potential opportunities in sugar cane supply chain.
  2. Development of a concept of how a sustainable sugarcane sector would look like.
  3. Identification of governance instruments that are applied in other sectors and have proved to be effective in achieving sustainability and traceability goals.
    1. Provide good practice examples
    2. Identify approaches that failed and provide reasons why
  4. Identification of sustainability supplier management systems used in other sectors and have proved to be effective in
    1. monitoring suppliers’ sustainability and traceability performance at different levels of the supply chain
    2. establishing a rating and rewarding/incentive system for suppliers, and
  5. Demonstration of how these governance instruments and management systems can be applied in sugarcane
    1. Develop implementation plan for sugarcane

Activities:

  • Research on sugarcane supply chain and the global industry
  • Understanding of sustainability challenges and opportunities in the different growing regions
  • Research of different approaches to traceability. Identification of traceability systems and their use in other sectors.
  • Describe how a sustainable sugarcane sector would look like. In other words: describe how success would look like
  • Research governance instruments that are applied in other sectors/supply chains and have proved to be effective in achieving sustainability and traceability goals.
  • Provide good and bad practice examples
  • Research sustainability supplier management systems used in other sectors/supply chains and have proved to be effective in monitoring suppliers’ sustainability and traceability performance, establishing a rating and rewarding/incentive system for suppliers, and reporting on progress at different levels of the supply chain
  • Transfer these governance instruments and management systems to the sugarcane supply chain and demonstrate how they can be applied in sugarcane
  • Propositions for implementation in sugarcane supply chains

Outputs:

Phase 1: Understanding of sustainability and traceability in sugarcane

  • Identification of the main sustainability and traceability challenges and potential opportunities in sugar cane supply chain
  • Development of a concept of how a sustainable sugarcane sector would look like
  • Research of different approaches to traceability. Identification of traceability systems and their use in other sectors.
  • Describe how a sustainable sugarcane sector would look like. In other words: describe how success would look like

Phase 2: Identification of governance instruments and supplier management systems

  • Research governance instruments that are applied in other sectors and have proved to be effective in achieving sustainability and traceability goals.
  • Provide good and bad practice examples
  • Research sustainability supplier management systems used in other sectors and have proved to be effective in monitoring suppliers’ sustainability and traceability performance, establishing a rating and rewarding/incentive system for suppliers, and reporting on progress at different levels of the supply chain

Phase 3: Transfer to sugarcane supply chains and implementation

  • Transfer these governance instruments and management systems to the sugarcane supply chain and demonstrate how they can be applied in sugarcane
  • Propositions for implementation in sugarcane supply chains
  • Include feedback from Barry Callebaut into the work