Bureau Veritas has released a tool that will help companies in the textile industry monitor their chemical emissions. The BVE3 tool enables factories to input chemical emissions data into a platform on a regular basis. This information is then evaluated and scored by Bureau Veritas teams and the results can be communicated up the supply chain to buyers.
As well as increasing tracking and transparency on key environmental data, this ongoing monitoring is likely to encourage reductions in harmful emissions. As with many other environmental KPIs, monitoring is often the first step towards effective management and improvement. This is particularly important for chemical emissions, the negative impacts of which can be especially destructive.
The tool is the latest example of a broader trend toward increased supply chain transparency and engagement. The trend is driven primarily by buyers wishing to manage the sustainability impacts of their supply chains more closely. Many companies, in textiles and other sectors, are demonstrating that they are no longer willing to take a single faceted approach to supply chain sustainability. Rather, a combination of audits, ratings, data monitoring, and increased engagement are becoming the norm. This increased level of scrutiny makes suppliers more likely to improve their CSR management systems. It also gives buyers the information they need to make impactful decisions regarding CSR in their supply chains. The domino effect that this produces can be far reaching, and tools such as this are the driving force behind it.