20 BEST PRACTICES in Supply Chain Material Disclosure

BEST PRACTICES in Supply Chain Material Disclosure

This man develops on-demand software for chemical environmental compliance (for manufacturers).  His bio is here.

In terms of best practices, all companies should:
  1. employ easy-to-use supplier communication tools
  2. insist on robust core technology that is centralized, database-driven and accepts raw material, regulatory and supplier information from many sources
This article in Chem.Info articulates 20 best practices in supply chain communication, specifically for material disclosure.  Worth a read.

Information contained in the Safety Data Sheet ((M)SDS) can be a good start towards chemical environmental compliance and risk mitigation.  But many (M)SDS may not include all relevant percentages and may not be written with a global regulatory compliance in mind.  (Free MSDS database online here.)  As a result, manufacturers are forced to request material disclosure information from their suppliers.  If each manufacturer requests the information using their own method of capture, with their own set of questions, specific to their needs, then suppliers must complete disparate, unique disclosure requests – or risk losing business.  It’s in all parties’ best interest to streamline this process.

Supply Chain Brain recently noted a relevant product for supply chain collaboration and environmental compliance.

RECOMMENDED FEATURES (what to look for)
  • automated, easy-to-use supplier communication tools
  • automation and tracking of component, parts, chemical and substance inventory
  • a web-based, centralized, secure, collaborative environment to store permissioned product ingredient data and up-to-date regulatory compliance information
  • real-time, automated supervision of supplier data collection
  • macro-to-micro supply chain product ingredient visibility
  • regulatory red-flags: view the BOM top-level, and drill down to see where and from what supplier the concerning substance is
  • advanced supplier alerts signal when a supplier adds, changes, or updates data
  • enhanced downstream user outreach for collecting product uses
  • multi-tiered data management and roll-up through a supply chain network