Radical Supply Chain Transparency with Stora Enso
In addition to wood and fiber, Stora Enso sources other raw materials, products, and services from over 20,000 suppliers and contractors globally. We have strict sustainability requirements for all of them and we continuously build our deep knowledge of these value chains’ sustainability opportunities and challenges. We want to be pioneers in communicating this complex and fascinating supplier base to our customers as openly as possible. Could your solution help us become radically transparent in sourcing and supply chain management?
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Stora Enso is committed to the development of products and technologies based on renewable materials. Our products, in many cases, provide a low-carbon alternative to products made from fossil-based or other non-renewable materials. Today our solutions are found in such segments as building, retail, food and beverages, manufacturing, publishing, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, confectionary, hygiene, and textiles. Tomorrow, we believe there is a potential to produce anything that’s made with fossil-based materials from a tree.
Materials and products sourced by Stora Enso include, for example, pulp and paper for recycling (PfR), chemicals, production machinery, energy, fuels, and spare parts, as well as maintenance, logistics, and IT services. We go through a thorough evaluation process for each supplier to understand our value chain, including carbon emissions generated by operations of each supplier. As supply chains are complex by nature, communicating and understanding the net effect of them is challenging. We want to summarize and visualize the net effects in a transparent and simplified way for our stakeholders on a platform which provides them with information and an interactive approach to sustainable sourcing decisions.
Our vision at Stora Enso is to communicate complex supply chain sustainability topics, including carbon emissions, in a simplified yet informative and transparent way towards our customers. Therefore, we are looking to partnering up with innovators and startup companies with either full solutions or technology components to realize our transparency vision. We are looking for solutions that help us visualize, assess and quantify the supply chain and its complexity for different product categories, including, for example, recycled pulp and paper, chemicals, and fillers. We also look for solutions that could include an interactive functionality for a stakeholder to zoom in into a particular category or connection to Stora Enso products.
We are ready to explore different kinds of approaches to improve our sourcing visibility, even very creative ones. Example solutions can include for example a visual categorization of different sourcing elements, with performance data and target values. However, the solution we are looking for could also map and visualize data points that might be missing in the value chain.
Current supply chain transparency tools are making progress in assessing and communicating the different supply chain impacts but are not particularly good in visualizing the supply chain intuitively and interactively. Would your solution offer an elegant way to visualize the entire supply chain, including areas not currently known?
We are interested in platform-driven solutions with objective and measurable data in the center. As a first step, the required data could come from Stora Enso. However, the solution should preferably allow also third-party stakeholders to integrate into the platform. Would your solution offer data integration for third-party services and stakeholders?
Identifying key risks and impacts, including carbon emissions, across the supply chain can be complicated and might require technical expertise. We are open to build up on our existing approach if there are great solutions proposed. As a first step, we are aiming to connect and visualize Stora Enso’s current value chain risk and emission knowledge. Would your solution contribute to solving this challenge?
Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper around the world.
Previous Experiences with Stora Enso
Jaakko KaidesojaPresident of Imagine Intelligent Materials
The Combient Foundry Cycle is a great forum for a startup to get access to the relevant decision-makers. After two meetings, we already have a plan for a POC and practical steps in further partnership with Stora Enso... This is a very efficient use of time.
Indra den BakkerCo-Founder of Overstory.ai
We would highly recommend other startups to participate in a Venture Client Cycle. When you can address a real and concrete business need for the customer, we would not hesitate to apply!
Samuli SavoCDO of Stora Enso
Combient Foundry is a natural way for us to engage with tech startup space in close collaboration with other enterprises.