Mercedes-Benz Monitors Sustainability with Blockchain

Mercedes-Benz Monitors Sustainability with Blockchain

March 17, 2019

Mercedes-Benz is piloting a blockchain to monitor sustainability across their supply chain.

This blockchain will deal with sustainability issues that are part of its suppliers’ contracts.  Contract obligations include working condition, human rights, environmental protection, safety, and business ethics.

The blockchain will provide transparency throughout the entire supply chain on issues of sustainability.  If a sub-supplier deviates from one of the standards, it should become visible in the blockchain.

This post is based on the CIPS Supply Management article, Mercedes Tests Blockchain to Improve Supply Chain Transparency, by Will Green, February 25, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / NicoElNino

Discussion Questions:

1. Why use blockchain for sustainability?

Guidance: Blockchain allows an efficient mechanism to track various sustainability issues, such as those articulated in the Mercedes-Benz supplier contracts.  It will now be possible to quickly trace parts back through the blockchain to determine if sustainability criteria have been successfully meet.  It will also allow other members of the supply chain to see the sustainability efforts of other supply chain members, without sharing competitive information.

2. What problems do blockchains present for sustainable operations?

Guidance: Probably one of the biggest issues is the acceptance of Continue reading

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New Player in Food Blockchain

New Player in Food Blockchain

January 27, 2019

The World Wildlife Fund-Australia has distributed a supply chain tool using blockchain that can help make tracking of food items transparent.  The tool uses QR codes that are distributed to client corporations to facilitate tracking.


Video Spotlight: Bait to Plate: Using Blockchain in the Tuna Industry


This post is based on the Coin Telegraph article, WWF Launches Blockchain Tool to Track Food Along Supply Chain, by William Suberg, January 17, 2019; and the YouTube video, Bait-to-Plate: Using Blockchain in the Tuna Industry, by WWF-Australia, July 31, 2018. Image source: Westend61/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does this supply chain tool for WWF-Australia promote social responsibility for corporations that choose to participate? How does this encourage non-participating firms to join the WWF-Australia supply chain tool?

Guidance: The first part of the question is to stimulate a review of the Triple Bottom Line.  The challenge will be focused on the second question posed.  Ask students to consider what pressures a non-participating firm may face in the long run, assuming the QR system becomes more commonly accepted by major food suppliers.  How else can non-participating firms be encouraged to participate in this system?  Are there Continue reading

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