1/23/2019, Santa Cruz, CA: SupplyShift, a leading supplier management, responsible sourcing and supplier engagement platform, and Ulula, a comprehensive technology solution to integrate worker voice into supplier decisions, have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that allows companies to emphasize and integrate consideration of workers’ experience with their supply chain decision-making.
The SupplyShift platform helps companies access a wealth of data on their suppliers – allowing users to pull together all forms of supplier information from environmental to social risk to procurement intelligence to enable responsible sourcing decisions. Ulula is a software and analytics platform that engages workers directly and anonymously to facilitate safe and honest feedback and support 2-way engagement across global supply chains.
Through the integration of Ulula’s labor data into SupplyShift’s platform, companies will now gain greater insight into whether workers are treated humanely, and the ability to analyze multiple sources of data to gain the insight needed to create a more transparent, responsive and responsible supplier network.
The SupplyShift and Ulula partnership connects businesses, workers, communities, and governments to better de-risk operations and create value across global supply chains. By connecting worker insight to other business intelligence in the SupplyShift platform, companies can now have an ear to the ground across multiple worker bases and their communities gain a more informed perspective on their responsible sourcing practices.
“Tying together multiple data-streams improves productivity, ensures that responsible sourcing efforts are aligned, and creates the best intelligence possible,” said Alex Gershenson, co-founder, and CEO of SupplyShift. “Our partnership with Ulula elevates the voices of workers to decision-makers in a company’s supply chain.”
“We are passionate about providing an inclusive and scalable system to improve working conditions by amplifying the voices of those who live those conditions every day,” added Antoine Heuty, co-founder and CEO of Ulula. “Our partnership with SupplyShift adds the power of the worker’s voice to broader responsible sourcing data, so corporations can make more informed supplier decisions.”
Both Ulula and SupplyShift are portfolio companies of Working Capital, an early-stage venture fund that invests in scalable innovations to meet the growing corporate demand for more transparent and ethical supply chains—addressing the urgent need to protect vulnerable workers and source responsibly.
Ulula is an award-winning social enterprise based in Toronto and New York offering software and analytics solutions to create more transparent and ethical supply chains. Ulula automates data collection through smart chatbots that adapt to users preferred communication channels -from web and tablet to interactive voice recording and SMS. Ulula empowers individuals to enter data through its user-friendly, anonymous and intuitive interfaces. Ulula has also developed partnerships with hundreds of mobile operators enabling data collection through mobile phones in over 100 countries. Ulula is a recognized thought leader and innovator in technology innovation for responsible supply chains featured in international media such as the Financial Times, the Huffington Post and Le Monde. It has received various awards and was recently recognized as startup of the year in the Responsible Business Awards 2018.
SupplyShift provides a comprehensive platform to seamlessly gather and analyze supplier networks, connecting companies to de-risk and improve supply chains. They have delivered the first cloud-based control center specifically built to ensure that sustainability insights can be thoughtfully considered in sourcing decisions. The platform is built with the belief that, when properly managed, a company’s supplier network can deliver incredible value for the company, the greater economy, and can play an important role in changing our world for the better. The SupplyShift platform makes it seamless to gain the insight needed to create a more responsive, responsible supplier network that makes the entire supply chain more productive.