Following up on the April 2019 news of their partnership to develop an online sustainability management tool, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops and SupplyShift announced the soft launch of the new SISC Stewardship Calculator.
The SISC calculator is available for use in a digital platform and will continue to be enhanced through the coming months, according to a news release.
The SISC Stewardship Calculator allows produce operators to measure on-farm sustainability metrics for fruits, nuts and vegetables more efficiently, according to the release.
No cost registration allows growers to create a baseline of their stewardship and track continual improvement as they enact management changes. Aggregators, retailers, brands and industry groups can also register to baseline and help improve the on-farm sustainability practices of their suppliers.
“SISC’s objectives are to advance optimal production and strong environmental protection by offering a suite of science-based, data driven sustainability metrics,” SISC director Alison Edwards said in the release.
Three major food industry organizations, Campbell’s Soup Co., JM Smucker and Western Growers, are set to deploy the soft launch version of the calculator to their growers this year, according to the release.
“The SISC calculator on SupplyShift gives growers and industry groups the opportunity to better understand their footprint, benchmark with their peers, and share data in a secure way with their customers.” Hank Giclas, consultant with Western Growers, said in the release.
“This tool will help us work directly with our members to support continual improvement on the ground, and allow us to show industry improvement, backed up with real data.”
The tool is another valuable step in the partnership between the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops and SupplyShift, Jamie Barsimantov, COO of SupplyShift, said in the release.