In an increasingly globalized world, most organizations have several tiers of suppliers located in multiple regions and spanning across many industries. Such global interconnectedness makes companies struggle to fully map and understand the value chains of their products. Moreover, suppliers in sourcing countries rarely offer transparency or report on their respective value chains, adding another level of complexity to the mix.

Our solution: Using our Global Impact Database, value chain impact data provides estimates of these blind spots, performing a hotspot analysis of global value chains to determine the most material social and environmental impacts of companies and their products. Subsequently, we provide our consolidated sectoral expertise to do deep dives into one or more impact, offering an in-depth understanding of the most relevant threats and risks in your value chain.


  • Natural (e.g.  air pollution), social (e.g. underpayment), and human (e.g. creation of human capital) impacts are covered
  • Resulting impacts are expressed in monetary values, making them easy to understand and compare​
  • Measure the impacts of global companies, countries, or sectors​
  • Upstream and downstream value chain impact is included, giving a more complete picture of your footprint​
  • Possibility to quickly derive data-driven insights on social and environmental impact of value chains​

How to use Value Chain Impact Data?

  • Hotspot analyses to get an overview of value chain impacts across sourcing countries and sectors
  • Social and environmental impact deep dives integrating company primary data, e.g. sourced products and sourcing countries
  • Human rights due diligence
  • Improve value chain inclusivity and transparency
  • Develop a strategy to mitigate risks and prioritise resources
  • Lobby for legislation supporting the transition towards more sustainable value chains


Human rights violations along value chain


  • Living wage
  • Forced Labour
  • Health & Safety
Value chain Environmental impact


  • Climate Change
  • Material Depletion
  • Water Use
Value chain Biodiversity impact


Our GID Biodiversity data solution estimates your value chain impact, providing actionable insights.

Positive impacts


  • Well-being effects of employment
  • Human capital creation

To find out more about our full list of impacts, products, and methodology, contact us or visit our GID page.


Supermarkets are increasingly committed to close living income and living wage gaps in their value chains. However, as the value chains of supermarkets’ products comprise numerous businesses located in many sectors and geographies, making concrete steps towards human rights compliance can be extremely challenging and resource-intensive.

We have developed a modular and scalable approach to enable supermarkets to develop a grounded and actionable living income and living wage strategy – in line with the OECD guidelines and the UN guiding principles for business and human rights – that can complement supermarkets’ existing activities and strategic elements.

Our Global Impact Database, contains validated data for the calculation of living wage and living income, offering the opportunity to make data-driven estimates of the material gaps within supermarkets’ global value chains. In addition, by combining our GID with supermarkets’ primary data, we can modulate and scale-up this approach.

The results of our value chain impact assessment will enable supermarkets to understand the underpayment and underearning problem, to identify the potential drivers for change, and to integrate and promote responsible practices within their value chains.


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