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How to collect better CBAM data from suppliers

Creating effective strategies for collecting better data from suppliers for CBAM (Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism) reporting is crucial for companies to ensure compliance and facilitate smooth operations under the new EU regulation. This article outlines practical steps and methodologies that can be integrated into your data collection processes for enhanced efficiency and accuracy. Understanding the Challenges The first step in improving data collection from suppliers is to recognize the challenges both you and your suppliers might face. These can range from a lack of understanding of CBAM requirements to technical challenges in data collection and reporting. Identifying these challenges early on helps in tailoring your approach to supplier engagement and data collection. Educating Your Suppliers Education is key to overcoming initial hurdles. A well-informed supplier is more likely to provide accurate and timely data. Consider organizing training sessions, webinars, or creating informational content that breaks down CBAM requirements and explains the importance of accurate data reporting. Highlight how this not only ensures compliance but can also benefit the supplier through insights into their own carbon footprint and areas for improvement. Streamlining Communication Establish a clear, open line of communication with your suppliers specifically for CBAM-related inquiries. Designate points of contact within your organization who can address questions and provide support. This helps in minimizing confusion and delays in data submission. Utilizing Digital Platforms as Standardized Approach Digital platforms like SupplyOn’s CBAM software play a crucial role in simplifying the data collection process. SupplyOn’s CBAM software offers features such as: Automated Data Collection: Automate the collection of relevant data directly from suppliers, reducing manual entry errors and saving time. Centralized Data Management: Store and manage all supplier data in a single, secure location, making it easier to review, analyze, and report. Data Plausibility Check: Implement checks to validate the accuracy of the data received and highlight discrepancies or missing information for follow-up. One click report: Once the data is collected, directly download the ready to go report in XML format to submit quarterly. Continuous Improvement and Feedback Finally, establish a process for continuous improvement. Use feedback from suppliers and insights from data analysis to refine your data collection processes over time. Regularly update your strategies to address new challenges and leverage advancements in technology and best practices. Conclusion Improving data collection from suppliers for CBAM reporting is a multifaceted process that requires education, communication, and the right technological tools. By implementing standardized practices, leveraging digital platforms like SupplyOn CBAM software, and fostering a collaborative environment, companies can enhance the accuracy and efficiency of their CBAM data collection efforts, ensuring compliance and fostering sustainability within their supply chains.
SupplyOn ESG · 26. March 2024 - reading time < 3 Min.
How to collect better CBAM data from suppliers