Sustainable supply chain platform Segura has signed a deal with River Island to ensure the high street retailer's partners are ethical and compliant.
Segura looks to map and monitor the multi-tiered supply chains of its clients and will support River Island’s corporate sustainability targets.
River Island has recently published its ‘12 Commitments for People and Planet’, each aligned to the United Nations ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, to guide them towards a more ethical future.
Segura aims to manage and track orders, giving suppliers fewer opportunities to use unwanted third parties, or factories in lower tiers that may be sub-standard, mitigating risks and ensuring transparency.
Segura president Peter Needle (pictured) said: “Our solution enables businesses to map and validate all suppliers through multiple tiers, capturing their compliance and standards information, and verifying this by linking to audit and certification partners. This will enable River Island to delve deeper into their supply chain tiers, uncovering lower tier suppliers and valuable data about product origin.
“Our aim is that one day every product will come with provenance: accessible, trustworthy information about origin, journey and impact. We want to generate rewards for brands making a positive impact on people and the planet, whilst empowering shoppers to drive progress through their purchasing power.”
Added Jose Arguedas, head of corporate responsibility and sustainability at River Island: "Segura provides us with a complete solution, incorporating all of our supply chain management and transparency requirements, with the ability for us to expand the remit as our business needs develop.
“Through the platform we can extract detailed reports, requesting information from suppliers directly and validating it. It will allow us to identify opportunities to improve performance and drive cost and time efficiencies across the business.
“Our customers expect products that are safe, sustainable, and responsibly sourced and we are committed to ensuring that is exactly what we can offer.”