Oddbox, the food waste fighting box, Certified B Corporation, that rescues fresh fruit and veg directly from farms has signed a two-year deal with Authenticate, a market-leading supply chain transparency software provider to accelerate supplier visibility ambitions and optimise supplier assurance processes.
As a result of the global pandemic and growing consumer awareness of environmental issues including food waste, Oddbox is expecting to double product lines and suppliers over the next 12 months to meet demand. To ensure Oddbox’s growing supplier network meet the defined approval criteria, they have selected the Authenticate platform to help digitise processes and automate certification status checks against key assurance schemes such as Global Gap, Red Tractor, Sedex and BRC.
Prioritising digital solutions for supply chain mapping and incident management initially, once Oddbox have full sight of all tiers of their supply chains, they will also be implementing Authenticate’s remote audit solution to facilitate supplier compliance and risk mitigation activity as part of the next stage.
Given creating a long-lasting, positive impact is critical to Oddbox’s core values, Authenticate also has the ability to integrate data from other systems to assist with capturing supply chain (or scope 3) emissions, making the platform suitable for use across various business functions from technical to sustainability. Speaking of the new partnership, Oddbox’s Head of Technical, Katarzyna Krajewska said:
“We’re excited to get started with implementing Authenticate to centralise and streamline supply assurance and compliance processes. By having full sight of our supply chains, we will be well positioned to monitor risk and continually improve impact as our business grows.”
Echoing Oddbox, Authenticate’s Chief Commercial Officer, Alex Walters stated:
“It is fantastic to see such an innovative, responsible brand like Oddbox taking the lead on supply chain transparency using our suite of digital solutions. We look forward to working with them as we both grow our capabilities in the coming years.”
Oddbox is a community powered weekly rescue mission to save delicious, fresh fruit and veg which is deemed ‘too big’, ‘too ugly’, the ‘wrong’ colour, or ‘not needed’ from going to waste. It delivers its boxes directly from the growers to people’s doorsteps across London, the South and the Midlands. With food waste being a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, Oddbox is building a community that together can play its part in fighting food waste and tackling climate change. With over two million boxes delivered since it launched in 2016, Oddbox has already saved 18,053 tonnes of food waste, the equivalent of how much food 39,254 people would eat in a year, with a goal of saving 150,000 tonnes by 2025.