Supply chains

We work with companies to help them create greener, more resilient supply chains, spanning all the way from field, forest or ocean, to end consumer. As the world changes, companies that depend on natural resources must respond to new risks and opportunities with agility.

We are a trusted advisor for teams across a number of major retailers and manufacturers, helping navigate complex issues around strategy, legislation, profitability and social responsibility. We have a reputation for straight talking, practical solutions and commercial acumen.

Food Futures #DoBusinessUnusual

WRAP

3Keel was asked to identify the emerging trends and areas of innovation in the UK food system. The project comprised horizon scanning, stakeholder events, interviews and the design of a public-facing report.

Sustainable Food Systems Framework

Institute of Food Science and Technology

3Keel were commissioned by the Institute of Food Science & Technology to develop a 'food sustainability framework' and identify opportunities for the Institute to expand its work on key sustainability topics.

Do certification schemes improve worker wellbeing?

19th May, 2017

3Keel senior consultant Catherine McCosker worked with a team at SOAS (University of London) under Dr Carlos Oya to conduct a systematic review of agricultural certification schemes (CS).

Research priorities for UN Global Goals

NERC

3Keel partnered with Beechlight to facilitate a 4-day ‘Bellagio’ convening on Lake Como, on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The Rockefeller Foundation. The purpose was to develop an agreed approach for the Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) initiative, a new venture to identify global research and innovation priorities that will enable the satisfaction of the UN Global Goals. 

M&S and WWF-UK landscapes event

WWF

3Keel facilitated a one-day workshop in London on Landscape Approaches for WWF-UK and M&S.

WWF-UK landscape approaches

15th February, 2017

On October 18th, 3Keel facilitated a Landscapes Approaches workshop in London for more than 40 representatives from business, NGOs, the public sector and academia. The workshop was convened by WWF-UK and Marks & Spencer and provided a space for participants to explore the theoretical and practical implications of creating landscape-scale solutions to sustainable land use challenges.

The impact of plant pathogens on food security

24th January, 2017

Pathogens are estimated to cause around 12.5% of global crop losses, threatening many commercially and socially valuable crops, such as coffee, cassava, oranges, olives, wheat and rice. 3Keel researcher Sam Royston explores how vulnerable our food systems are to pathogens and how we can increase system resilience. 

Bargaining Chips

26th January, 2017

Getting the right deals for food in post-Brexit trade negotiations is prominent in the mind of many UK food businesses. It’s of huge strategic importance but when you look at the numbers, food may not be a top priority for most of our trading partners.  We certainly can’t assume that food will drive trade deals.  And at worst, it could become a disposable bargaining chip.

Securing the future of the UK's favourite fruit

20th January, 2017

3Keel has kicked off a multi-disciplinary Global Food Security research project with the universities of Exeter and Oxford to investigate the future of the UK's favourite fruit: the banana.

Binning assumptions on packaging

Pret A Manger

3Keel supported Pret A Manger develop an evidence-based global sustainable packaging specification underpinned by a full portfolio life cycle assessment across a range of material and impact metrics.

NERC water risk workshop

NERC

NERC commissioned 3Keel to plan and run a one-day workshop, bringing together researchers and the private sector to improve understanding of global freshwater systems, and support the mitigation of water risks to global supply chains and local communities.

Promoting sustainable retail investments

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

3Keel developed a sustainable retail toolkit to benchmark EBRD investments and identify priority actions to enhance their resilience.