Except Integrated Sustainability
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Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Supply Chain Analysis & Optimization

Service > Gain advantages with supply chain leadership

Except analyzes supply chains for their sustainability impact, reviewing financial, logistical, and social factors in addition to standard biophysical metrics. In our globalized economy, there is hardly a company that can consider itself independent from the international flow of materials, products, services, and people.

With goods exchanging hands so frequently, we often lose insight into the true costs, risks, and environmental impacts of the things we purchase from this global exchange system. Supply chain analysis sheds light on these complex interactions and what lies hidden between them. From these, we can determine effective steps towards impact improvement of your organization as a whole, by optimzing the supply chain.

Mapping the system

Supply chain mapping is the first step in this  process. It consists of mapping the supply chain both upstream (suppliers) and downstream (customers and consumers). These are often translated in beautiful visual maps that allow teams to oversee the whole supply chain. They create oversight and insight.

Determining impact

From this qualitative mapping, we determine where the largest imapcts are using the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) framework. We prioritize big impacts to quickly find potential improvement areas.

Setting improvement actions

Once we know the major impacts, we can set out an improvement pathway/ By looking at the whole supply chain, we can find ways to improve performance by managing the stakeholders, suppliers, and customers. This often saves time and money compared to only looking at the organization's own impact, and can yield better results.

Sypply chain mapping and optimization can be part of a larger trajectory of sustainable organizational  transition. rerad more about   our A to Z programs here



Netherlands CO2040

The country CO2 free in 2040?

What key projects are necessary to make the Netherlands CO2 neutral in 2040? That was the central and massive question put before Except and Posad by the Dutch ministry.

By applying network and system-analysis a surprising single answer was found: a more transparent, decentralized and accessible data-system is needed to make this happen.

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IKEA Catalogue Story of Print

Interactive Story Telling Tools Promote Stakeholder Engagement

IKEA Media Production engaged Except to showcase the sustainability achievements and ambitions of its 200-million-copy catalogue. Together we created a storytelling infographic for the IKEA customer-facing staff, and a data-packed dashboard for internal stakeholders such as store co-workers, catalogue responsibles, PR, social media, communication, sustainability and marketing managers and teams. The tools have been introduced to thousands of employees, permeating learning and awareness.

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IKEA Catalogue Supply Chain Dashboards

Intuitive Dashboards Enable Sustainable Decision Making

The IKEA catalogue with more than 200 million copies is the largest annual print run in the world. IKEA Media Production has worked diligently to improve the catalogue’s sustainability performance. To find new ways to boost its performance, IKEA Media Production engaged Except. Together we applied a new systems-thinking approach and found powerful ways to raise performance.

With implementation partners Trade Extensions and Deloitte we created new visual big data tools in less than a year. Together we realized a sustainability-driven learning supply chain that is now helping transform the biggest paper and print suppliers worldwide.

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Except Integrated Sustainability

Gertjan van Hardeveld
Business Strategist

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“Except filled my mind with ideas. I'll probably dream about it. At the same time it makes me feel comfortable. Collaboration with Except pays off.”
-- Willem van der Ven
Sr Manager Development at Schiphol Real Estate
“We didn't get the result we wanted, but the one we needed. In the end, the project finished within budget, within scope, and the result is exactly what we need right now.”
-- Marjolein Mann
Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, Policy Officer