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Deloitte & dcarbon8: Supply Chain Orientation

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Deloitte recently acquired “carbon and sustainability consulting firm” dcarbon8:

John Connolly, CEO and senior partner at Deloitte, said dcarbon8’s position in the market warranted the decision, adding, “dcarbon8 is a leading innovator in carbon and sustainability consulting and already advises a number of blue chip clients,” reports M&A Deals.

Battle said that becoming part of Deloitte offers some “necessary depth” and resources. “The challenges facing business as the world moves towards a low carbon economy are enormous,” Battle said [NM: what I refer to as a “carbon constrained world”]. A UK firm, dcarbon8 was a ‘grand prix’ award winner at the 2008 Green Business Awards, reports Sourcews. [more]

A unique aspect of this acquisition is dcarbon8’s “supply chain network” – a good focus given that the  bulk of the average company’s emissions derive from Scope 3, i.e., up and down stream in the supply chain:

The dcarbon8 Supply Chain Network is a total carbon solution for business. Any company joining the Network membership receives:

  1. Carbon footprint measurement
  2. Carbon reduction strategy
  3. Online carbon account
  4. Online carbon offsetting and reporting
  5. Planet Positive accreditation
  6. Networking with Planet Positive businesses
  7. Option to transfer carbon vouchers to your clients with your Planet Positive products

What services are provided by the online carbon account and online carbon offsetting and reporting. Are these services competing with the likes of Hara? Unclear…

The dcarbon8 Supply Chain Network is an inclusive community and membership of Planet Positive businesses who want to drive the carbon emissions resulting from their business operations, services and/or products lower.

The Supply Chain Network has been established to connect like-minded companies and create green, Planet Positive supply chains. The result is good for business and good for the planet. [more]

I’m not sure what this all means, but it sounds like eco-collaboration to me, which makes a  lot of sense given the scope and magnitude of the challenge.


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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