The Origin Platform

Core Functions

Origin's core functions help companies ensure that their supply chain partners meet their social, environmental and legal obligations. The platform provides tools for managing audits and risk assessments and monitoring compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Frictionless onboarding.

Suppliers are added to the platform in different ways including via direct registration (requesting access), integration with existing systems, or by using direct imports from Excel worksheets.

Continuous profiling.

Suppliers are profiled based on factors including location, materials supplied, response to assessments, requests for information and third-party information sources that together are used to assess performance.

Policy and certification management.

Policies, certifications and manuals are centrally managed and monitored, enabling teams to quickly identify when suppliers have read and signed policies and when they have not. Suppliers are requested to provide certifications based on attributes, including processes, materials, products, or services supplied.

Multiple tier traceability.

Origin enables profiling of upstream indirect suppliers. Direct suppliers are prompted to disclose their supply chains, either retaining responsibility for adding lower-tier information or delegating the information to their suppliers.

Risk engine.

Automated risk ratings are configured to be assigned to suppliers based on multiple parameters originated from profile information, additional risk pillars and third-party.

Role based permissions.

Administration user groups are configured to give various levels of access, views, and available actions.

Live activity dashboards.

Real-time administrator dashboards inform teams of open tasks and supplier activity such as the completion of an assessment and any new non-compliance issues that have been disclosed.

Reporting dashboards.

Reporting dashboards provide real-time performance reports and surface key metrics such as breakdown of supplier numbers by parameter including risk, type, location, activity, and assessment response times. Supplier grids are filterable according to multiple parameters enabling administrators to find information quickly; all list views are exportable as excel files.

Assessment centre.

The assessment centre provides teams with tools to generate self-assessments, manage policies and send requests for information. Questions can be configured with a RAG rating system alerting administrators to specific responses.

Email communications engine.

An integrated email notification tool enables administrators to curate branded emails and send them to supplier groups based on multiple parameters, e.g., supplier type, process, country, status etc.

Automated email notifications.

Notifications are triggered using system rules which nudge suppliers when actions are required, e.g., signing policies, completing profile details, or responding to a request for information.

Google Maps integration.

Location views are provided using the Google Maps API to render a global overview of suppliers and a means of displaying the origin/transit of materials and risk.

Multi-language capability.

The administration application and supplier dashboards and assessments can run off the same database in different language variations. Translation service APIs can be used to automatically generate language versions although we recommend using translation agencies to ensure the interpretations are accurate due to the technical nature of some content.

Improvement plans.

Manage and share assessment reviews with individual suppliers. A corrective action plan creates a two-way communication where administrators can post messages and suppliers can respond within the platform and include evidence such as documentation or imagery. A workflow function is used to manage updates and track progress with supplier dashboards highlighting risks requiring attention.

We chose the Origin platform to create our sustainable procurement framework, which encourages best practices across our supply chain. The platform combines supplier data with research and insights and Origins rating engine provides a sustainability maturity score based on suppliers' actions and strategies. We're thrilled with the results, and we look forward to extending the platform further with the team at Grouptree.

Kevin Dunckley, Chief Sustainability Officer, HH Global

We’ve had a great experience working with Grouptree on the configuration and implementation of the Origin platform. The team dedicated time to understanding our needs, tailoring the platform to our supply chain and then being on hand to provide training and support us through the launch process.

Cerian Atwell, Senior Sustainability Manager – Environment and Chemicals, M&S

We're delighted to use Origin for our supply chain due diligence and transparency requirements. The flexibility of the system and the ability to configure the platform around the specifics of our supply chain were essential. The level of service and support is fantastic, and we always know we can get to through to the team whenever we need assistance.

Sally Williamson, Environmental Social Governance Manager, ALLSAINTS.

We are really pleased with how intuitive the platform is to use and being able to manage facility onboarding, assessments and audits in one place, all monitored on interactive dashboards is transforming the way we work with our suppliers.

Cerian Atwell, Senior Sustainability Manager – Environment and Chemicals, M&S

How does Origin integrate with other systems and platforms?

The importance of seamless integration with other systems and platforms is a cornerstone of Origins architecture. We use a variety of methods to push and pull data from 3rd party platforms. Our integration methods range from direct API integration to consuming and outputting raw Excel or CSV files. We provide customised integration solutions that meet our clients unique needs. If you have any questions or concerns about integrations our team is always available to provide support and guidance.

How does Origin support supplier engagement and collaboration?

We understand that supplier engagement and collaboration are critical components of responsible sourcing, and we have features and tools to address these challenges.

Suppliers are kept notified whenever there is a requirement for information to be shared through the integrated email communications engine as well as through notifications display on the suppliers’ dashboards. Team members collaborate with suppliers through an improvement plans module to share remediation plans and receive updates from their suppliers.

Supplier dashboards include a resources centre providing access to help, technical and performance standards documentation. Information is structured based on the supplier type surfacing information that is relevant to them. The resource centre provides suppliers with practical help via easy-to-access document files and the option to include embedded how-to videos.

What are the reporting and analytics capabilities of your platform?

Origin offers a comprehensive reporting and analytics solution that includes real-time dashboards and configurable reports. The dashboards provide an overview of open tasks and supplier activity, such as required certifications, completion of assessments or audits, and changes to supplier status or risk ratings. The data grid views in Origin are sortable, filterable, and exportable in spreadsheet format, enabling teams to analyse and manipulate data as needed. With these tools, companies can gain valuable insights into their supply chain operations and make data-driven decisions to improve their sustainability and efficiency.

What kind of training and support do you offer?

Origin's intuitive user interface and integrated help text assist administrators in becoming adept at working within the platform. Nevertheless, we understand effective training and support are critical to the success of any new technology implementation. That's why we offer various training and support services to help our clients get the most out of our platform.

We hold regular client catchups remotely and on-site to provide training, advice, and information on available updates and developments. We also assign a dedicated account manager to every client, who is available to answer any questions and provide ongoing support.Our product and support teams are UK-based, and we pride ourselves on our responsiveness in answering queries and helping our clients derive the maximum benefit from the platform. Whether it&'s technical support, training, or advice on best practices, we're committed to providing our clients with the resources they need to succeed.

How does Origin calculate risk?

Using a data-driven approach, Origin calculates risk by interpreting multiple risk influences and inputs chosen by customers or specialist partners.

The platform provides companies with valuable insights into potential risks within their supply chains, including those related to governance, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and ethical sourcing.

Industry sectors have different risk profiles with unique intrinsic, demographic, and operational risk influences. As a result, companies need to tailor their risk management approaches based on their specific risk profiles. Origin helps companies implement the appropriate risk model and data sources to focus on supply chain due diligence efforts specific to their business and operations.


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