Salesforce launches new cloud hub for supply chain emissions

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The Salesforce Sustainability Cloud Scope 3 Hub was launched on Tuesday (20 April) and enables businesses to input data on supply chain emissions to gain a better understanding of how decarbonisation can be achieved.

In addition to capturing emissions across all three scopes, the cloud platform can track historical and real-time environmental, social and governance (ESG) data and visualise it for businesses.

“To rise and meet the climate emergency head on, we need more than pledges. Companies must take action immediately to change the way they do business,” Salesforce’s vice president of sustainability Patrick Flynn said.

“We put transformational digital tools in the hands of companies to give them a 360 view of their carbon footprint so they can take meaningful action across their supply chain and reach net zero, faster.”

CDP research shows that, on average, supply chain emissions are up to 11.4 times higher than operational emissions. Therefore, many businesses that have set net-zero or science-based targets are also aiming to reduce supply chain emissions. Engagement with suppliers has seen those analysed by CDP reduce aggregate emissions by 619 million tonnes, which has saved them $33.7bn in the process.

As such, more businesses are turning to the supply chain to respond to the climate emergency.

Salesforce is working with 250 of its top suppliers, representing 60% of the company’s Scope 3 emissions, to encourage them to set science-based targets by 2024. Salesforce has its own 1.5 degree Science Based Target

In addition, Salesforce is committed to reaching 100% renewables for global operations by 2022, creating a carbon-neutral cloud service and delivering the conservation, restoration, and growth of 100 million trees by the end of 2030.

Earlier this year, Salesforce announced that it had funded more than ten million trees over the past 12 months.

The figure covers conservation, restoration and new forest projects, delivered by the corporate’s partner Natural Capital Partners. Projects financed through the partnership are based in Scotland. The projects will be accounted for under the Trillion Trees Campaign. Salesforce is hoping to finance another 90 million trees by 2030.

Matt Mace

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