Despite businesses having plenty of data on the procurement side, it may not be rich enough to enable the organisation to demonstrate that it is meeting sustainability targets.
The linear nature of supply chains means that disposal of waste products from a business process are not accounted for with the same level of detail as raw materials procurement. In this linear relationship, the supply chain has a carbon footprint that grows as more raw materials are consumed. But someone’s waste materials may be someone else’s raw materials. This is the basis of a circular economy.