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The second example of a sustainability use case in which the inter-organizational challenge is prominent focuses on the product-level rather than the supplierlevel. Many companies are performing life cycle assessments to determine the environment footprints of some of their key products, and find new ways to reduce this, often by modifying some product design decisions. g. g. customer requests and competitive positioning). The challenge here is also due to the inter-organizational nature of the problem: most of the environmental lifecycle impacts of products are often not generated by the brand-owners, but rather upstream or downstream in the value chain.
Each of these problems has concrete, known reasons and can therefore be addressed by a new solution as we propose in this book. After elaborating on each of the challenges in the next three sections, we will provide a high-level overview of the proposed alternative: a many-to-many network solution for EPI management that is designed for use by business users in both, intra- as well as inter-organizational scenarios, with specific mechanisms that foster the availability of high quality data from secondary and primary sources.
Addressing the business user directly with a targeted solution is a challenge because EPI information is often difficult to interpret and to base decisions on it without domain expertise. However, it is also a great opportunity due to the leverage explained before. e. not having it as a separate, stand-alone process but rather as part of the actual decisions and operations. The Case for a New EPI 35 Fig. 1 Current separation between environmental practices and daily business 3 The Inter-Organizational Challenge Continuous environmental improvements are difficult to achieve because often only a limited part of the impact is within the brand owners’ jurisdiction: most emissions occur upstream or downstream in the value chain (Scipioni et al.