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Ben Wilde

Ben Wilde Since joining ADEC Group in 2008, Ben Wilde has worked with FirstCarbon Solutions’ clients worldwide to develop outsourcing and technology services to help make their sustainability strategies more efficient. Having 10 years’ experience in the Business Process Outsourcing sector, he is more than capable in working with the clients to best suit their needs.

Ben has worked with numerous UK public and private sector organizations to develop data capture and management systems specifically in the document management arena.

With a bachelor's degree in Business and Economics from the University of East Anglia, Ben helped lead the commercialization of over a dozen Cleantech and Biotech projects up to 2009 via a $3m innovation fund he co-founded for early stage ventures.

Ben is also a qualified GHG Verifier for Projects and Inventories against ISO14065 by the GHG Management Institute.

Recent Posts

Deforestation in Supply Chains: A Climate Change Challenge to Sustainable Development

Posted by Ben Wilde on May 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Why deforestation is critical to business and the Global Goals


Addressing deforestation is critical to business, climate action and sustainable development. The global trade of soy, palm oil, cattle products and timber products (the four forest-risk commodities) is a major contributor of deforestation. If businesses don’t address their presence in supply chains, there will be significant ramifications for their reputation, operations and expenditure. Two international agreements with massive investor influence, the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), have challenged businesses to address their supply chains in relation to deforestation and climate change. Sustainable development hinges on this critical issue.

Toxic Chemicals: Persistent Organic Pollutants and Where to Find Them

Posted by Ben Wilde on Apr 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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In part one of our discussion on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), their definition, governance and main classes were briefly discussed. The significance of POPs cannot be understated due to their presence in systems essential to life such as the food chain, as well as industries such as agriculture and manufacturing.

How Companies Can Ensure Responsible Sourcing

Posted by Ben Wilde on Mar 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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‘Responsible sourcing’ refers to companies’ commitment to promote ethical standards and social responsibility when dealing with suppliers. When a product or service is considered responsibly sourced, it means that it was manufactured with attention to health and safety, human rights, and ethical and environmental principles. For instance, it is expected that the workers who manufacture a responsibly sourced product have been working under fair labor practices, and that the product was not made from conflict resources (natural resources that fund violence and armed conflict). 

Transforming Our World Through Impact Assessments

Posted by Ben Wilde on Nov 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Reflected in our contemporary way of life are the dire consequences of unabated progress and consumerism. These impacts include climate change, biodiversity loss, corruption, inequalities in opportunities, and mass hunger, to name a few. Understanding our world requires an assessment of the cause and gravity of these impacts.

The Importance of Supplier Risk Management

Posted by Ben Wilde on Nov 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Maintaining a good relationship with suppliers is important for organizations. How good is your relationship with your suppliers? Suppliers play a significant role in an organization’s supply chain.

The Holy Grail of Supply Chain Traceability

Posted by Ben Wilde on Oct 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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From governments and regulatory bodies to companies and consumers, the value of supply chain traceability has become more easily understood. Supply chain traceability is defined as the ability to identify and trace the history, distribution, location and application of products, parts and materials, to ensure the reliability of sustainability claims in the areas of human rights, labor (including health and safety), the environment and anti-corruption. It allows us to verify where resources or materials come from, as well as product quality and authenticity.

Alternative Materials for Sustainable Clothing

Posted by Ben Wilde on Sep 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Clothing is a basic human need, and the clothing industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Meeting this global need without jeopardizing the natural resources that drive our supply chains leads us to explore sustainable clothing, which is defined as clothes made from fibers that are the most natural and the least harmful to the environment. Such materials have less environmental impact and lower overall carbon emissions during production.

What is Impact Investing?

Posted by Ben Wilde on Aug 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Conventional wisdom dictates that the goal of businesses is to generate profit — and this goal may come into conflict with objectives such as environmental conservation and responsibly-sourced consumer goods. Impact investing dispels these beliefs by offering opportunities for stakeholders to invest — and, ultimately, profit from — social and environmental solutions.

3 Steps for Sustainable Logistics

Posted by Ben Wilde on Aug 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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How green is your logistics? Companies are discovering the value of integrating sustainability in all areas of operations, especially logistics. Logistics, an important part of supply chain management, involves the planning, implementation, and control of the efficient and effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from Point A to Point B to meet customer requirements.

Companies with the Greenest Supply Chains

Posted by Ben Wilde on Apr 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Going green can be a driver for value and success in business. Companies such as Apple, Adidas, H&M, Levi’s and Marks & Spencer have already started their journey towards a greener supply chain. These companies, along with Panasonic, Walmart, Microsoft, Esquel and Hitachi, are the highest scoring out of 167 brands with the greenest supply chains, according to the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for examining the supply chain methods of brands.