Key Points

  • IDB Invest, BSR, Rever Consulting, and Wholechain partnered with leading Brazilian consumer companies to drive supply chain traceability from raw material to end-product.
  • They assessed the feasibility of implementing a fully digitized supply chain that records on blockchain all events taking place at each point of the value chain.
  • The feasibility study looked at a practical solution for three distinct raw materials—cotton, recycled glass packaging and leather—and ultimately provided a continuity plan for each company.

Large companies involved in global commodity markets with extensive supply chains and complex procurement systems regulated by multiple-tier trading schemes, often lack visibility beyond their tier one suppliers. The complexity of value chains is exacerbated by this opacity, limiting transparency on the sources of the components and inputs that make up their products, as well as potential areas of risk associated with sustainability concerns.

Emerging technologies such as blockchain can solve ongoing challenges within supply chains. Supply chain networks are often complex, siloed and operate with several disconnections from their management and procurement systems, leading to an overall lack of visibility between actors. Blockchain technology offers a method of data-sharing that allows for the continuation of claims whilst enabling data privacy and trust between actors.

This short case study describes the context and objectives of the blockchain project, as well as the analysis process of the three companies’ supply chains, the technical solutions identified, and conclusions of the feasibility study.

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#Information and Communications Technology, #Supply Chain