At Collectiv Food, we believe that not only does everyone have a right to know where and how their food was produced, but also that this knowledge is crucial in driving forward a clear and honest dialogue within the food supply chain. By sharing accurate information about the food producers we work with, we're providing you with the insights you need to turn your sustainability ambitions into reality.
How it works
A Producer Story gives you the power to see verified claims about our food and drink producers on everything from management of greenhouse gas emissions and water use to product safety. Using Responsibly's methodology geared at companies looking for insight into their supply chain across the entire value chain, we answer two questions to understand how far along producers are in their sustainability journey:
What are the most relevant material issues affecting our producers?
To what extent are those producers performing against these issues?
Looking for a supplier who is as sustainable as they claim? Simply log on to the Collectiv Food app, where you can review the stories of your current producers and explore others within our network.
Transparent data sources
At Collectiv Food, transparency runs through everything we do and the data we source is no exception. That's why we're working with Responsibly to show you scores based on evidence, while working with suppliers for the additional information we need to cover all bases.
Our ratings are comprehensive-considering impacts throughout the entire supply chain from raw materials to a product's end of use. Altogether, we evaluate over 1000 data points across more than 10 key material issues to calculate the overall scores for producers. Based on Responsibly's methodology, third party sources are weighted according to their scope and how well a given source provides evidence of action taken and improvements made by producers to address their most material risks - helping you to focus on what matters most.
Key issues we score on
The food supply chain involves sustainability issues which are many and inherently complex. To keep things simple, we grouped together Collectiv Food's standard impact parameters applicable to all food and drink suppliers and a second group incorporating additional environmental and social impact assessment areas aimed at accounting for the diversity of our supply base.
Our standard impact assessments
At Collectiv Food, we strive maintain exceptional standards as we work towards a fair, transparent and sustainable food supply chain. Our supplier sustainability assessments are a key component of how we ensure transparency in our supply chain and promote continuous improvements in the pursuit of a more resilient, and sustainable food supply chain. The assessments, guided by our standard impact parameters, hold suppliers accountable against our minimum trade standards and beyond. This approach underscores our commitment to customer health, environmental responsibility, and the adoption of sustainable practices within the food industry.
1. Product safety
At Collectiv Food, customer health is our top priority. We assess alignment with third party product safety standards in our sustainability evaluations to support responsible sourcing and mitigate risks. Partnering with suppliers adhering to recognised food safety standards ensures that you enjoy safe and high-quality food and drink, while fostering sustainable industry practices.
2. Quality assurance
Quality assurance is key to consistent, high-quality food and drink products. This assessment area focuses on suppliers' operations to prevent defects and maintain top-notch standards. By encouraging suppliers to adopt such processes, they also support reduced resource consumption, and waste, promoting sustainability across the supply chain.
3. Responsible marketing and selling
Responsible marketing and selling practices consider the impact of a supplier's advertising, sales, and communication strategies on consumers, communities, and the environment. Assessing our suppliers on responsible marketing practices ensures that they provide accurate information about their products and operations, promoting transparency and trust.
4. Supply chain traceability
At Collectiv Food, we believe that traceability empowers transparency. We prioritise supply chain traceability to ensure responsible ingredient sourcing, fostering trust and accountability from end to end of the supply chain.
5 & 6. Emissions Scopes 1 & 2
Assessing our suppliers' emissions management is essential part of our own Net Zero commitment. We currently evaluate how suppliers manage direct emissions from owned sources (Scope 1) and indirect emissions associated with the consumption of purchased energy (Scope 2). These emission scopes are directly within company's operational control, making them more straightforward to measure and manage than Scope 3 emissions. By starting here, we aim to support a fair and manageable starting point for our suppliers' journeys in reducing their emissions.
Accounting for diversity
While our standard impact assessments provide a robust framework to gauge how suppliers align with our mission, we acknowledge the diversity of environmental and social impact issues most relevant for our suppliers and the contexts in which they operate. That's why, beyond the impact areas covered by our standard assessments, our supplier evaluations also incorporate specific environmental and social impact parameters identified by our partner, Responsibly, as high and medium risks based on industry- and country-specific research as well as globally agreed sustainability frameworks. Details of these additional assessment areas and scores are available on request.
The rating scale
Each Producer Story shows a level indicating how far along a given producer is in their sustainability journey. The level is based on the overall score of a producer assessed by Responsibly on Collectiv Food's behalf. Responsibly's methodology involves a 0 to 5 scoring system, where a higher overall score is awarded to producers who are further along in their sustainability journey, measured by having not only improved their impact, but also independently assessed or audited their social and environmental impact. Producers' score across environmental and social impact parameters are averaged to calculate a given producer's level.