Most food businesses are facing key challenges such as improving efficiency of water use, maintaining good on-farm soil health to ensure productivity, reducing GHG emissions and rooting out slavery and human trafficking in product supply chains. Faster progress can be made in addressing these major sustainability challenges by working collaboratively. Help has arrived in the form of the new Spotlight Tool, an online platform developed for the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform members who include major food and drinks manufacturers retailers, international agribusinesses and food service companies.
What is SAI Platform’s Spotlight?
The tool, developed by ADAS together with their in-house Business Solutions software team, has been affectionately coined ‘the tinder of sustainable agriculture’. A fitting analogy we believe given that the primary purpose of the Spotlight is to generate cross industry partnerships by ‘matching’ SAI members based on their shared interests and priorities.
How does Spotlight work?
Food companies are asked to enter information about their key sustainability challenges, highlighting specific commodities, sustainability ‘topics’ (e.g. deforestation),geographies and what role they would like to play in any future partnership As you can imagine this process creates a valuable data set, provided by the members for use by the members and by the SAI Platform Secretariat to inform the agendas of their working groups.
SAI Platform members can then search the online tool or interact with interactive dashboards developed using software platform Tableau to see which companies may have similar interests, and to spark conversations. The tool provides a pre-competitive space for businesses to identify ways they may work together to make faster progress on their sustainability agendas.
What are the key benefits of using Spotlight?
- New partnerships will speed up progress toward sustainability, meeting targets through combined resources and shared learnings
- Spotlight activity will inform SAI Platform’s forward agenda
- Get involved and have your say!
What’s next for Spotlight?
The Spotlight tool was launched in February and there has been a quick uptake from the SAI Platform membership in getting involved in Spotlight. So far members have entered data describing 139 opportunities across 49 countries, covering 48 crops and 19 topic areas. The tool is already shining light on the potential for collaboration based on members’ interests with five country level opportunities having greater than seven companies expressing interest on similar topics. The Spotlight working group meets frequently to discuss how the tool might be developed and deployed further, with some great suggestions already floated for future developments. Watch this space!
ADAS has in-house expertise and a strong track record in building bespoke tools that promote sustainable supply chains. Our knowledge of sustainability challenges within food supply chains and expertise in supply chain engagement, combined with in-house capability in building software platforms makes us the ‘go to’ business for finding practical solutions to your sustainability challenges.
For more information about the Spotlight Tool, or developing sustainability tools for your business contact Leslie.Berger@adas.co.uk, our Agri-Food Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’ experience working with food businesses to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their supply chains.