Responsible Business Alliance Advances Climate Change Mitigation Efforts in Global Supply Chains

RBA Partners with Optera to Scale Greenhouse Gas Management for RBA Members and Suppliers
Oct 4, 2022 8:30 AM ET
Press Release

ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 4, 2022 /3BL Media/ - The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced the development of new greenhouse gas (GHG) management capabilities for global supply chains, in partnership with Optera.

The RBA’s more than 200 core corporate members across multiple industries and tens of thousands of their suppliers worldwide, combined with the Optera platform, makes the RBA program uniquely positioned to transform the industry’s response to climate change.

These new capabilities will support RBA members’ Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions calculations and help advance their sustainability efforts as part of a larger strategy to demystify the complexity of GHG management and bolster the capabilities of companies. The GHG management platform will enable RBA members to collect essential emissions information across all of their suppliers, enabling action deep in their supply chains. Suppliers will also have access to a self-guided Scope 1 and 2 tool to estimate their own inventories, providing additional visibility for RBA members. The platform’s emission calculation methodology will follow the recognized standards of the GHG Protocol and will use emission factors and coefficients backed by established data sources.

This program complements the RBA’s existing environmental tools and resources, including its environmental maturity framework, environmental and energy surveys, circular materials landscape assessment, and capacity-building tools.

“The development of these GHG management capabilities is reflective of the importance of climate-related issues to companies and the RBA’s leadership in supply chain sustainability,” said Rob Lederer, CEO of the Responsible Business Alliance. “We look forward to providing this important resource to members and their suppliers, to advance their sustainability efforts and improve environmental performance throughout global supply chains.”

“With regulations like CSRD and the upcoming SEC rule, corporations are seeking a solution for managing and reducing their Scope 3 emissions,” said Jason Denner, CEO of Optera. “By involving the RBA’s members’ suppliers directly, this program enables climate action across an entire industry rather than at a single company level. That’s the kind of scale we need to move the needle on climate change.”

The platform is scheduled to be available to members and their suppliers in Q1 2023 and will include integration with the RBA-Online sustainability data management system powered by G360.

About the Responsible Business Alliance
The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA has a Code of Conduct and a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement. The organization has a global footprint, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The RBA and its Responsible Minerals, Labor and Factory Initiatives have more than 500 members with combined annual revenues of greater than $7.7 trillion, directly employing over 21.5 million people, with products manufactured in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit ResponsibleBusiness.org and follow @RBAllianceOrg.

About Optera
Founded in 2006, Optera is the leading ESG and carbon management software provider for bold climate action. Used by many of the world’s most established and ambitious corporate sustainability programs, Optera drives meaningful climate action by blending a complete emissions platform with expert in-house practitioners to provide a comprehensive solution to carbon accounting and management. Optera delivers solutions that empower sustainability teams to reduce the impacts of companies’ operations, supply chains, and products. For more information, visit OpteraClimate.com and follow @OpteraClimate.

Media Contact:

Jarrett Bens, Senior Director of Communications
Responsible Business Alliance
Phone: +1 571.858.5721
jbens@responsiblebusiness.org