Neste has launched the first operational version of its Supplier Sustainability Portal (SSP) for a selected group of renewable products’ raw material suppliers. The portal will be tested and further developed during the first half of 2019, and implemented gradually with a target of covering all Neste’s renewable raw material suppliers by the end of 2019. During the test period, the portal will be complemented with new functions based on user feedback.
The journey towards a digitalized supplier engagement tool started two years ago, at the 2016 startup and growth event Slush in Helsinki where we launched an open supply chain digitalization challenge. In May 2017, we arranged our very first global sustainability hackathon in Helsinki and Singapore, after which we started to develop a demo version of the portal. The pilot version was launched in late 2017. The portal has been developed in a close collaboration with our suppliers.
“We have met with and collected feedback from our suppliers in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America. The feedback in general has been supportive and positive, as suppliers consider digitalization a useful tool for bringing efficiency into reporting as well as building a mutually value-adding partnership with Neste,” says Neste’s Sustainability Specialist Eveliina Vikström heading the development project.
Digitalization supports sustainable growth
An extensive portfolio of renewable raw materials is a prerequisite for reaching Neste’s strategic targets for sustainable growth in the renewable products segment. As the number of suppliers is growing, a solid approach for managing the sustainability of the supply chain and engaging with the suppliers involved is required.
The first version of the platform will facilitate the on-boarding process of new suppliers, submission of sustainability-related information on delivery level, and continuous engagement and collaboration between Neste and its suppliers. It will also serve as a tool for sharing information on the relevant sustainability requirements and engaging with suppliers to ensure compliant sustainability perfomance and continuous improvement.
The portal addresses sustainability data on three levels: companies supplying raw material, raw materials supplied, and individual deliveries. Through these levels, sustainability follows with each physical delivery and becomes directly linked with business operations.
“The idea is collaboration, sharing, and development, not controlling nor judgement. We hope to be able to build value-adding and effortless partnerships with our suppliers, and help them improve their sustainability performance in line with market and stakeholder expectations,” explains Eveliina Vikström.