ESG and Product Stewardship

OUR EXPERTISE

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Today’s environment is wrought with new and evolving challenges for manufacturers, producers, and suppliers. ESG (environmental, social, and governance) principles, evolving regulations, and consumer preference drive market trends that influence and impact the operations of businesses throughout the supply chain. How you navigate this landscape can be a key factor to success: understanding your specific risks, proactively implementing measures to mitigate potential liabilities, and preparing to respond to issues and events as they arise.


The Intelligence Group has decades of experience helping businesses confront and manage these challenges, in industries ranging from food, textiles, pharma and ag chem to tech, petrochemicals, heavy manufacturing, and waste management. We help clients turn risk into opportunity, and successfully navigate this new era of ESG and product stewardship.

Risk ID and Monitoring

Business risks are inherent in ongoing, legacy operations as well as new product development and introduction. Evolving regulations at federal, state, and local levels, layered with market trends driven by consumer preference and ESG influences, create a shifting paradigm. Businesses that anticipate, monitor, and prepare can leverage such change to their advantage. The Intelligence Group helps businesses anticipate these potential impacts, analyze risks, and monitor for change over the long term. We assist clients with:

  • Live intelligence to monitor regulatory and marketplace issues 

  • Client-facing dashboards to navigate and manage jurisdictional regulations and requirements

  • Monitoring of industry-specific issues, such as emerging contaminants, geographic prohibitions, etc.

  • Supply chain and competitive intelligence monitoring and investigations

Ingredients/Raw Materials Sourcing
and Verification

The sourcing of raw materials and ingredients can pose risks to product manufacturers, and increased ESG emphasis on supply chains has resulted in tremendous focus on these issues. Manufacturers often need to understand and verify raw material attributes key to their products, such as geographic origin, composition, certifications, QA/QC claims, or the absence of residual contaminants. The risk of sourcing from protected or prohibited areas, or inadvertently making false claims about your product, can result in compliance issues, product liability, and reputational damage. The Intelligence Group helps clients understand and verify these attributes through techniques including:

  • Supplier assessments and investigation

  • Geographic origin investigations and advanced isotopic analytics

  • Analysis of composition and monitoring for residual contaminants

  • Implementation of authentication and certification systems

Consumer Product Use and Waste Management

Extended Producer Responsibility, which shifts responsibility to manufacturers for post-consumer management of its products and packaging is one of the biggest agents of change in this new era of ESG. Consumer use and recyclability of products and packaging are now major strategic issues for manufacturers, and influence consumer preference, product sales, and market share. The Intelligence Group designs and implements solutions that allow clients to evaluate and monitor product impacts and use, as well as post-use disposition of products, packaging, and related waste streams. Clients in industries such as agrichemicals, electronics, food, and durable goods rely on us for assistance with:

  • Evaluation, monitoring and investigation of product use relative to manufacturer’s specifications

  • Carry-through or legacy impacts of product use on environmental receptors and other third parties

  • Product liability and toxic tort investigation

  • Waste management investigations and vendor audits/assessments

Supply Chain Risk Assessment

Supplier Responsibility requires businesses to ensure that all its vendors, suppliers and partners engage in responsible practices, adding to the risk burden already inherent to a business own manufacturing, production, and distribution environments. Each poses risk to organizations that can affect more than an ESG score – issues and events can impact company reputation, market share and financial valuation. Managed properly, businesses can turn such potential liabilities into an advantage over their competition. The Intelligence Group helps clients realize such opportunity, via:

  • Supply Chain Risk Assessment for initial baselining, ongoing monitoring, or ESG benchmarking

  • Focused VSP (vendors/suppliers/partners) investigation and Vendor Integrity Programs

  • Evaluation of supply chain risks for due diligence conducted on behalf of investors, purchasers, and third parties

  • Implementation of corrective actions and program support (i.e., KPI measurement, carbon emissions, etc.)

Response to Incidents

Regardless of how proactively you manage risk, you need to be prepared to respond. How a business responds to an issue can be critical from a regulatory, reputational and governance perspective. Successful outcomes result from thorough investigation of incident causation, and implementation of corrective actions to prevent recurrence. The Intelligence Group has extensive hands-on experience responding to and investigating incidents of all type, and helps businesses implement the appropriate controls and monitoring solutions to minimize the threat of recurrence. Our clients partner with us manage risk and respond to issues, including:

  • Compliance excursions, accidents, and releases

  • Product tampering and supply chain contamination issues

  • Fraud, theft, IT breaches and IP loss

  • Product liability claims

OUR EXPERIENCE
TODAY'S TOOLS FOR TODAY'S CHALLENGES

TIG Environmental experts facilitated the company’s ability to be proactive in reducing risks of off-target transport from consumer use of the crop protection product and ensure water quality standards are achieved, ensuring responsible product stewardship and continued product-use licenses.

Consumer Product Use Monitoring

Our client was able to negotiate minimal penalties and fines as a result of identifying how the incident occurred, and implemented appropriate operational controls to minimize the threat of recurrence.

Operating Incident Investigation and
Implementation of Controls

The proactive assessment of third-party supply chain risk, and implementation of a strategy to prioritize and move on from specific contractual relationships allowed the manufacturer to de-risk certain parts of its operations in a manner consistent with its long-term strategy and ESG KPIs.

ESG and Supply Chain Risk Evaluation

TIG Environmental experts developed a tool that reduces legal risk and reputational damage from mislabeling ingredients and making false claims regarding the client’s flagship product.

Raw Material/Ingredient Verification and
Authentication

The Intelligence Group provided our manufacturing client with a cost-effective and robust tool for quickly assessing and monitoring risks posed by emerging contaminants in a complex and evolving regulatory landscape.

Managing Emerging Risks

Our proprietary TIGeR system provides a cost-effective solution to reduce the number of documents required for review by experts and counsel. Because it is scalable, it provides cost-effective document triage even for small to medium productions.

TIGeR - Triage and Intelligence Gathering e-Discovery Routine

For more information contact:
Dennis Farley
Dennis Farley
President & CEO

ESG and Product Stewardship Lead