Thoughtworks, a global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and engineering and the US Coalition on Sustainability (USCS) have announced the expansion of SustainChain™, a digital platform to unify and accelerate progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
USCS developed SustainChain to connect innovators, impact investors, businesses, NGOs and alliances with a shared mission of rebuilding sustainable supply chains. Thoughtworks provided its cutting-edge technology and best practices to enable the SustainChain platform to unify cross-industry efforts, knowledge and actionable insights across the public and private sectors under one ecosystem.
To accelerate what the SustainChain community can achieve in a unified way that cuts across industry silos, a new machine learning engine was added to dynamically surface the scalable solutions, products and partnerships for members based on their selected sustainability challenges and SDG priorities. The goal is to drive connection and collective action among community members working on similar projects and highlight opportunities to streamline and more rapidly scale up efforts, identify missing elements and access more funding and support.
Since launching SustainChain, over 1,000 users from organizations of all sizes have joined the community with representation across major industries ranging from consumer goods and services to infrastructure and alternative energy. Member organizations include Closed Loop Partners, Danone, EON, Green America, The Heart Fund, Paper Water Bottle, Six Senses and The Stimson Center’s Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth. In addition, the community has quickly generated actionable opportunities for accelerating progress on the SDGs in the areas of vaccine equity; ocean energy; plastic waste; circularity in the textile industry; resilient infrastructure; environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing; and regenerative agriculture.
In addition, USCS launched a new platform, called CitizenChain™, that gives people the opportunity to lend their voice to support the brands and organizations within the SustainChain community on the sustainability issues they care most about. CitizenChain is a first in giving students, activists and concerned citizens the ability to urge brands and local government officials to demonstrate greater responsibility and action towards building a sustainable future.
“Thoughtworks shares USCS’ deep commitment to delivering against the United Nations SDGs to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all,” said Elise Zelechowski, global head of diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability and social change at Thoughtworks. “We are excited and deeply encouraged by the number of organizations that have joined the community and leveraged the Thoughtworks powered digital platform, SustainChain, to drive sustainability through technology.”