Utilizing cutting-edge technology to support and increase the visibility of its sustainability initiatives, Brooks Running has partnered with a Swedish company called TrusTrace, which brings a platform for supply chain traceability and compliance to deepen Brooks’ visibility across its manufacturing supply chain and help identify and mitigate responsible sourcing and business continuity risks.
The technology partnership enables Brooks to make further progress towards the brands’ long-term commitments to tracing its supply chain, respecting human rights and reducing environmental impact.
“Visibility into the factories that manufacture Brooks products, materials and raw materials is critical to ensure our responsible sourcing standards outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct are upheld,” explains Dave Kemp, director of corporate responsibility at Brooks. “The expansive and complex nature of our manufacturing supply chain makes this visibility difficult. TrusTrace enables us to identify and mitigate responsible sourcing and business continuity risks and increase due diligence for customs compliance.”
At the end of 2022, 100 percent of Brooks’ Tier 1 factories were using TrusTrace, with more than 130 Tier 2 and more than 70 Tier 3 factories invited to the platform. Looking ahead, Brooks will use TrusTrace to trace at the individual product level, enabling deeper transparency to consumers on where Brooks’ product and materials are manufactured, while improving efficiency of chain of custody data collection for compliance with laws and regulations.
“Brooks Running has partnered with TrusTrace to expand its commitment to tracing its supply chain in granular detail to help create a more sustainable business,” says TrusTrace CEO and co-founder Shameek Ghosh. “We have a vision of the future where all value chains are traceable, circular and fair and we are excited to partner with Brooks to support them on their journey towards achieving transparency and their responsible sourcing objectives.
“Through gathering granular data on where and how their products are produced, Brooks will be able to identify and work to improve the social and environmental impact of their supply chain, as well as comply with complex regulations,” he adds.
TrusTrace already powers traceability programs for many of the largest fashion brands in the world. Its platform empowers brands with verified data in real-time, as materials and finished goods move through the supply chain. Through its open architecture, the TrusTrace platform integrates seamlessly with retailer, manufacturer and supplier systems, as well as other third-parties such as certification agencies, lifecycle datasets and other sustainability solution providers.