Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark

In today's globalized market, sustainability and transparency in manufacturing have never been more crucial. The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® is a comprehensive tool designed to evaluate manufacturers on a range of vital sustainability dimensions, ensuring partners and clients can make informed decisions based on best practices in the industry.

  • Traceability: An increasingly important factor in global supply chains, traceability assesses the manufacturer's capability to track products and materials from origin to delivery. The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® explores this through the lens of tiered supplier verification, culminating in end-to-end traceability with real-time monitoring and complete transparency.

  • Digitized Products: The digital landscape has transformed B2B interactions. This facet assesses the extent to which manufacturers have digitized their product offerings. The spectrum ranges from manufacturers without any online product catalog to those boasting advanced B2B e-commerce platforms, providing clients with order customization, real-time tracking, and an integrated view of the supply chain.

  • Readiness to Contract: Before entering a partnership, it's pivotal to understand a manufacturer's business legitimacy. The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® checks for the presence and verification of essential documents, ranging from basic business licenses to comprehensive documentation, client testimonials, and even third-party attestations that verify a manufacturer's reliability and readiness to contract.

  • Preferred Materials: This aspect gauges the extent to which manufacturers incorporate sustainable, circular, and regenerative materials in their supply chain. It assesses whether companies merely use standard materials or whether they actively prioritize sustainable and preferred materials in their product range, even going so far as to offer digital verification of material certificates.

  • Facility Verification and Services: This dimension evaluates the openness and commitment of manufacturers regarding their facility's conditions and services. It covers a spectrum, from providing no facility details at all to showcasing comprehensive third-party audits, ensuring transparency in worker welfare and showcasing a clear commitment to maintaining top-tier facility services.

The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® will be launched in November 2023 and is at the forefront of evaluating and promoting sustainability standards in manufacturing. Manufacturers who are members of CommonShare can update their information up to four times a year, ensuring up-to-date and accurate representation of their sustainability practices.

Obtaining a grade for each Manufacturer

We specifically look at 5 dimensions: Traceability, Digitization of Products, Readiness to Contract, Preferred Materials, and Facility Verification & Services. Each Company obtains a grade between 1 to 5 for every dimension, 5 being the highest (best) grade, and 1 being the lowest. We then calculate the average from the total of all the dimensions to obtain the final grade.

Digitization of Products

The Digitization of Products metric assesses the accessibility of product catalogs, collections, and order placements offered by a manufacturer or supplier. In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, digitization plays a pivotal role in enhancing efficiency and customer engagement. Embracing digital technologies not only streamlines the process of finding and ordering products but also ensures that companies remain competitive and responsive to the dynamic needs of their clients.

Variables used:

Does the manufacturer have any online presence for their product catalog, or do they solely rely on offline communication for orders and queries?
Is there a basic online catalog where prospective clients can view product details, even if they can't place orders online?
Does the manufacturer's online catalog offer B2B pricing, volume discounts, and the capability to place orders, even if real-time inventory isn't available?
Does the manufacturer boast an integrated e-commerce platform for B2B clients, offering features like real-time inventory checks, access to order history, and basic account management?
How advanced is the manufacturer's B2B e-commerce platform? Can clients customize orders, receive dedicated account management, track orders in real-time, and gain visibility into the integrated supply chain?


Advanced B2B e-commerce platform with features like order customization, dedicated account management, real-time tracking, and integrated supply chain visibility.
Integrated e-commerce platform catering to B2B clients with real-time inventory, order history, and basic account management.
Online catalog with B2B pricing, volume discounts, and ordering capability, but no real-time inventory.
Basic online catalog with product details, but without online order placement.
No online product catalog or order placement; reliant on offline communication.