The BEPI System

The BEPI System is the implementation system for companies and their supply chain to achieve continuous improvement of environmental performance, with a focus on gap analysis, environmental management improvement and progress monitoring.

Based on the GSCP Environmental Reference Tools, it responds to all sectors covered by FTA Members, with a global coverage.

 

1. Supply Chain Mapping

Use your business partners to reach out and gain access to all actors in your supply chain, including tier 2 and 3 producers, to enable yourself to understand how environmental issues are managed by them, and apply risk management activities where and when needed. 

2. Supply Chain Analysis

The mandatory, but free of charge, BEPI Self-Assessment will provide invaluable information and data, such as a comprehensive environmental gap analysis across the 11 environmental performance areas. It will also provide you with a shortlist of the most relevant environmental areas per producer, allowing all actors to focus on what is really important.

3. Improvement

Participants use the supply chain analysis to make an informed decision on next steps. Is there a potential risk? If yes, which improvement activity is most suitable? The BEPI System and Platform will facilitate participants in making this decision, assign and implement improvement activities where needed, and communicate this to the producer.

BEPI has several improvement programmes to choose from, and will in the coming years continue to expand the portfolio:

  • BEPI Improvement Phase: Environmental Management and Performance Improvement for the shortlisted relevant environmental performance areas
  • Topical Improvement (e.g. Chemical Management)
  • Capacity Building through the FTA Academy
  • BEPI Assessment: Assessing the maturity for the shortlisted relevant environmental performance areas

 

4. Progress Measurement

The participants are expected to monitor and encourage progress with their producers. BEPI provides the tools to do this, through the BEPI Platform and the FTA Sustainability Dashboards. If a BEPI Assessment was not performed earlier, it could be assigned as a final stage to measure how a producer has matured in managing relevant environmental issues. The assessment will assign a maturity level of 1 (basic), 2 (good) or 3 (leading) which will be valid for 24 months.

Core Concepts

Driving environmental management improvement is not an easy task, but a journey where the success  depends on two key elements:

  • Due Diligence.  The BEPI System provides participants a risk-based approach to identify and address environmental impacts in their supply chain, following good practice Due Diligence guidelines.

  • Cascade Effect.  BEPI Participants can proactively work with their tier 1 producers to gain access to tier 2 and 3 producers through the BEPI Platform, extending visibility and influence and driving environmental performance improvement across the entire supply chain, involving all actors.