The Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) is the first quantitative evaluation system designed to assess brands’ environmental management of their Green Supply Chain Map in China, jointly developed by The Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). And Nike has become the latest company to join the Green Supply Chain Map, under which the company will disclose the environmental information of all its suppliers located in China.
The Green Supply Chain Map, is a leadership initiative dedicated to showcasing brands’ commitment to supply chain transparency and environmental management. It openly links brands’ supplier lists to publicly-available environmental data, including real-time data for air emissions and wastewater discharge. The online tool, launched in January 2018, makes the names, addresses and geo locations of supplier facilities readily accessible and provides real-time emissions data, feedback about corrective actions and resource usage information.
Brands that voluntarily join the map demonstrate leadership by going transparent toward their concrete actions to monitor and improve environmental performance. The map creates a channel for these brands’ suppliers to publicly verify their environmental compliance. At the same time, it also allows consumers to incorporate brands’ efforts to minimize supply chain environmental impacts into purchasing decisions.
Green choice is a powerful means for consumers, brands and suppliers to promote and achieve environmental improvement via green consumption, procurement and production. Thus, the Map users can filter by brand to view and understand individual companies’ supply chains, or can also filter to see the types of data that each facility discloses, including real-time emissions data, feedback about corrective actions to improve environmental performance, and annual pollutant emissions and resource usage data. The map is bilingual, featuring both English and Chinese versions, and also includes a search bar to check supplier name keywords.