Circular Supply Chain

The making of the circular supply chain

In an ideal world, sustainability is more than just a marketing buzzword — it is a core tenet of an organization that wants to do more good to the environment than harm. Or at least achieve a net-zero impact by managing to eliminate or recycle 100% of the waste it generates. This is the very foundation of a circular economy, and it has been described as an economy that is “restorative and regenerative by design”. And in this circular economy, a circular supply chain plays a pivotal role — in fact, without first achieving a restorative supply chain, a circular economy will most likely remain just a pipe dream. 

What a circular supply chain is

A circular supply chain is one where organizations reduce waste at every stage, right from design and manufacturing to distribution and fulfilment. This approach shifts away from the standard pattern of produce, use and discard, and instead adopts one where the organization is acutely aware of the impact it is having on sustainability. It looks at the bigger picture and attempts to minimize perturbations to it. An example of this paradigm shift in thinking is the clothing brand, Dutch aWEARness, which has created a track-and-trace system to follow clothing through its entire lifecycle. Used articles of clothing are returned to the brand, which then repurposes and reuses the materials, thereby drastically reducing waste. 

Models for circular supply chain

There are three broad approaches for creating a circular supply chain. In the first, manufacturers can tackle recycling and minimizing waste by offering ‘product as a service’. This allows them to maintain control of the product through its lifespan, and ensures that it is properly disposed of or recycled. The second method would be to incentivize customers to return used products to the manufacturer — for example, trading in old phones when upgrading to a newer model. The third idea is to do plastic pallet pooling. As iGPS observes, before pooling, used wood shipping pallets accounted for a lot of waste in the supply chain. “The pooling model made it possible for warehouses, manufacturers, and distributors to rent, rather than buy, their pallet supply. These companies no longer had to spend a large amount of money upfront on a pallet fleet of their own, which they would have to manage, maintain, and store.” 

Moreover, organizations can take a firm stance to work only with suppliers and vendors that have a robust track record on the sustainability front. “Green practices and circular supply chains go hand in hand, as both focus on reducing waste and ensuring a more efficient use of natural resources,” says the iGPS report.

An intelligent supply chain

The future of the market entails smart solutions that harness the power of Manufacturing 4.0 to reimagine the supply chain, identify and eliminate inefficiencies, and draw insights that help develop and boost sustainability strategy. Anirban Bhattacharyya, Board Member at Amplo Global, observes that technologies like automation, IoT, and advanced analytics are all set to permanently change the way supply chains operate — right from how goods are produced to how they are sold. Industry 4.0 has created a remarkable opportunity for AI and data analytics to make a circular supply chain a reality. It can do so by reducing waste, optimizing resources, accurately estimating demand and inventory levels, and helping businesses avoid manufacturing in excess quantities. “Given the scope for process improvement within the distribution sector, organizations need robust strategies to effectively estimate their business transformation needs, analyze their operations, and focus on cost management. A mindful overhaul of the company culture also has the potential to make value-chains more productive for all involved and boost efficiency,” adds Bhattacharyya.

Not just a fad

Accenture notes that a circular supply chain holds the potential to change how food, and retail goods are produced, enhancing producer’s incomes and environmental outcomes. Its 2019 edition of CEO study on sustainability found that of 90% of CEOs see sustainability as important to success. These CEOs “acknowledge the opportunity for competitive advantage through leading on environmental, social and governance issues and report real progress, impressive innovation and impact. They also recognize the business community could and should be making a far greater contribution to achieving a sustainable global economy and society by 2030”. 

A receptive audience

And it is not just CEOs. Consumers too are warming up to the need for sustainability in the products they buy. Accenture found that more than half of consumers are ready to pay more for sustainable products. 83% believe it is important or extremely important for companies to design products that are meant to be reused or recycled. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents said they are currently buying more environmentally friendly products than they were five years ago, and 81% said they expect to buy more sustainable products over the next five years.

In short, circular supply chains already have a receptive market rooting for it.

Journey so far

Our Story

Amplo Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing started its journey with the purpose of helping communities for transformation through a holistic approach. The focus is to create an eco-system leading to a self-sustainable value chain. Amplo Global’s social entrepreneurial mindshare along with various social impact start-ups are making a mark towards a better planet to live in.

Our first initiative has been shaking hands with Ahana, the first ray of the sun, a non-profit organization of Kolkata, West Bengal. We have been associating with Ahana from its inception, mentoring and guiding it, assisting to collaborate with various government and non-governmental organizations to conduct different programs related to empowerment and revival of traditional forms of art which are losing their relevance in this fast-growing world.

Amplo Global CSR & Ahana together took an initiative in Surulia village of Purulia district in West Bengal, to rejuvenate the traditional form of the art of making artefacts from molten zinc or brass or copper. We organized workshops where women artisans of Malohar community were given training for learning this art. Moreover, we also took necessary actions for official documentation of these till date unidentified group, so that they get the minimum government benefits allotted for them.

Knowledge development and enablement towards sustainability has been a key goal for AG CSR. To achieve this, AG CSR has planned to take up various projects. One such is conducting a workshop on ‘Gender equality gender justice: the rightful way towards sustainable social development’ with the students of Berhampore Girls’ College at Murshidabad. A one-day workshop has been organized with almost 300 students where a holistic vision on gender, sex and sexuality has been imparted to them. Along with that, they were given knowledge on relevant legal as well as social rights prevalent for them and also against cyber bullying and stalking. They were made aware of the rights available for them which will help them to develop social sustainability to deal in future.

Another knowledge building program has been taken up by AG CSR team in collaboration with a Kolkata-based non-government organization, Kolkata Sanved, working in the field with the survivors for almost twenty years, using Dance Movement therapy for psycho-social rehabilitation and social transformation. Kolkata Sanved wants to prepare a digital archive, consisting of the huge data of their functioning for last two decades, that will be a source of information and knowledge for any individual/organization who wants to work in this field in future. Amplo Global CSR team is supporting KS to curate and host digital archive representing Kolkata Sanved’s works and achievements since its inception.

Empowerment of women and children from the marginalized community and enabling them towards sustainability has always been the major goal of Amplo Global CSR wing. In order to achieve this, AG CSR team has been meandering its path through different projects. The collaboration with organizations like Dishari and Samabedan has been done with this target in mind. Though at the initial stage, AG CSR team is working with these two organizations to strengthen its structure with technical support. This includes helping them to finalize vision-mission statements for strategic management, developing proposals for mobilizing resources and guide them with proper implementation plan.

Along with empowerment of women, AG CSR also works towards the revival and preservation of traditional form of art. A very comprehensive program has been taken up by AG CSR team in association with Ahana and INTACH and with full-fledged support and cooperation of HSWS in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal. Workshops have been arranged in which women of the hills, having knowledge and skill of weaving in traditional handlooms. They were given training on new techniques and methods by professional designer cum trainer, whereby they were taught how to improve their skill and make more variety of products which have huge demand in the market. The aim is to showcase the right path in front of these women which will help them to reach the goal of sustainable livelihood in future.

Our Team

Amplo Global has a pool of experts with experience of working in national as well international organizations. Our expertise is in designing scalable yet customized programs in the field of alternative education, child protection, women empowerment and leadership, sustainable and dignified livelihood solutions, knowledge management and digital archiving, disaster management

Mentor

 

GM Kapur

 
Advisor

 

Partha Pratim Roy – Fulbright distinguished teaching fellow; experienced in development of discovery learning pedagogy and environment in secondary/post-secondary education industry; skilled in non-profit organizations, e-learning, Physics, Data Analysis and Science; strong community and social services professional with a M.Sc. in Physics and M.A. in Educational/Instructional Technology.


Team Members


Tinku Khanna – studied Sociology and Women’s Studies; worked to end sex trafficking among caste-communities trapped into inter-generational prostitution in Bihar, Delhi and Kolkata for last 20 years; has played key role in passage of landmark judgment in trafficking in Patna High Court; has also played key role in upgrading 542 residential schools for under privileged girls to class 12 in Bihar; has been part of prestigious ILVP of US government.

Sudakshina Addy – Masters in Political Science, initially she has been associated with various reputed colleges and universities as a part-time lecturer’ has experience of almost 12 years in the field of marketing and management of events, both social and corporate; as a member of the Amplo CSR team, she acts as the program manager cum coordinator and has been assigned the responsibility of planning, implementation, execution, monitoring and supervision of any program of Amplo Global CSR wing.

Soma Roy Karmakar – studied Development Economics from Calcutta University; has experience of working in audio-visual media and government high school at the beginning of her career; joined the social sector in 2007; from 2007 to 14, she worked extensively on gender, sex, sexuality and HIV & Aids prevention; from 2014 onwards, she started working with child sexual abuse and incest; very well-known trainer and resource person on child rights and child sexual abuse.

Panchali Chakraborty –

Our Story

Our Offerings

ECOSYSTEM BUILDING- Amplo Global aims at connecting the donors, foundations and the beneficiaries. The funds are collected from the donors which in turn gets received by the foundations. Amplo Global joins hands with these foundations to help and provide support to the beneficiaries in order to have sustainability in their life.

HELPING STARTUPS- Our purpose is to mentor, provide guidance and give back-office support to the newly built companies. Amplo Global is happy to take the responsibility of tutoring, guiding, advising and also imparting all kinds of support from the back office to the emerging companies.

FIELD SERVICES- Amplo Global dedicatedly works on the implementation, monitoring and report writing of the projects. As a non-profit organization, Amplo Global CSR Team personally visits the field to write reports of the projects, dedicatedly working on the implementation of the projects and as well as monitoring the progress.

KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT- It is our responsibility to gather knowledge, to code and to curate data collected from the projects. After the implementation of the projects, Amplo Global takes the initiative to code, and curates the data that they gather from the projects and finally gives feedback to the foundations so that the beneficiaries have a blissful life and that the sustainable development goal is being achieved.

CONSULTANCY- Amplo Global plans to work as a consultant to other emerging corporate companies and guide them on how to utilize CSR funds. AG has an objective to mentor, support and help these new companies with the sustainable development goal in near future.

Our Aspirations

Introduction


Amplo Global firmly believes in the principles of social, economic and educational equity-based development. It has developed its CSR policy framework that is aligned with UNSDG 2030. AGI recognizes and acknowledges the fact that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a company’s commitment to its stakeholders to conduct business in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, whereby organizations serve the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of their activities.

While the practice of CSR in India still remains within the benevolent space, AGI is thriving to mark a shift from institutional building (educational, research and cultural) to community development through various projects. Also, with passage of time and global influences, it is becoming quite discernible that while CSR remains largely restricted to community development, it is getting more strategic in nature.

Our Aspirations


Our Vision – Amplo Global has made a commitment to amplify social impact using technological solutions.

Our Mission – The objective of the Amplo Global CSR Team is to build an ecosystem between the donors, foundations, beneficiaries and the corporate community.

OUR GOAL- our purpose is to use our business as a force for good, and building a safer and sustainable world for all. Amplo Global puts an emphasis on the concepts of women empowerment, imparting education to lead a sustainable life and the revival of the long-lost traditions of local handicrafts.

Our Value proposition is Creating a sustainable development model at the very grassroot level through problem solutions that can be repeatable, customizable and scalable.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Achieve DEI goals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across employee and supplier value chain.
  • Create a DEI strategy for employers to develop best practices and track their progress.
  • Monitor DEI sustainability.

Circularity

  • Develop roadmaps to transform material value chain, advance circular models and minimize waste.
  • Optimize resource utilization in automotive battery circularity.
  • Simulate social risk and strategize to achieve social sustainability in the battery supply chain.

Decarbonization

  • Strategize pathways for Net Zero with our GHG protocol-led Scope 1, 2, 3 CO2e emission inventory tool.
  • Measure current carbon emission and simulate a low carbon roadmap.
  • Make smarter carbon investment decisions.

Green IT and Data

  • Address Climate crisis to meet ESG goals of Green IT and Data.
  • Mitigate economic risk to be LEED certified.
  • Manage Data as the new asset for ESG.

Green Infrastructure

  • Address ecological crisis to meet ESG goals of Green building.
  • Manage financial risk in transitioning to green infrastructure.
  • Strategize to adhere to LEED certification.

Green Sourcing

  • Develop framework and templates in AI/ML platform to meet green sourcing.
  • Assess the opportunities in green sourcing.
  • Devise Sustainability communication to build an ecosystem for green sourcing.

Green Supply Chain and Manufacturing

  • Optimize container features to minimize GHG emission in logistics.
  • Achieve end-to-end visibility assessment to meet sustainability targets.
  • AI-led supply chain simulation.

Benchmarking

  • Defines capabilities with data-driven, AI -led Peer Benchmarking.
  • Transform business while managing financial risk and opportunities.
  • Develop persona-based KPIs and a roadmap to achieve ESG goals.

Materiality and Maturity Assessment

  • Layer your organization’s capability maturity to every material topic supported with algorithmic integrated scores, attributes, ranking and heatmap.
  • Choose from preloaded global frameworks.
  • Collaborate with a spectrum of stakeholders to iterate and finalize.