EO and Geospatial Tech for Product Traceability


The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has made a resolution to deliver zero net deforestation in supply chains by 2020. The Catapult is currently working in collaboration with Sainsbury’s PLC (a member of the CGF) and other entities to support the enabling of this resolution.

For Sainsbury’s, developments like this are critical in delivering their vision:

“To be the most trusted retailer and part of that is being sure that products that we sell in our stores are sourced responsibly and sustainably. Part of our challenge is having visibility of the global supply chains that we source from and being able to make sure that the resources and people in these value chains are protected. Certification and standards have brought the industry a long way in the past number of years, but now we need clear visibility of our value chains and clarity on where our products are coming from and being sure they are not contributing to issues such as deforestation.”

The Catapult is opening this opportunity to interested UK parties who wish to support the demonstration of how Earth observation (EO) and geospatial technologies can be coupled with blockchain to ensure operational supply chain product traceability with a focus on cocoa. Successful applicants will work with the current consortium to design, develop and deliver a demonstration of how a solution could work at the CGF Annual Meeting in June 2018.

We are looking for UK partners with leading expertise in the areas below to join this collaboration to help design, develop and deliver this demonstration between March and June 2018. Successful applicants will be provided further details about the project and be invited to help design, develop and deliver the technical demonstration which has the potential to make a difference to many entities across product supply chains.

Expertise is required in the following areas:

  • Earth observation
  • Automated geospatial analytics
  • Deforestation
  • Cocoa
  • Supply chain management
  • Service delivery

How to Apply

If you are interested in responding to this opportunity to join our collaboration, please supply a response no longer than two pages in length detailing the following:

  • Your expertise in the use of EO and geospatial technologies.
  • Your experiences in the use of EO for situational awareness, monitoring and change detection.
  • Your work related to forestry and deforestation assessment.
  • Your experiences of working within the agricultural sector, and in particular tropical agriculture and crops such as cocoa.
  • Your track-record of delivering scalable operation solutions from the local to the global.
  • Your willingness to co-invest in developing this opportunity.

Your application will be scored against a set of criteria related to:

  • the quality of the response,
  • the relevance of information supplied,
  • technical abilities displayed, and
  • the willingness to support this collaboration.

This opportunity is in the early stages of development and therefore has limited funding available. Contributions to date are being made in-kind by consortium partners.

Please supply your response no later than 5pm on Friday 23 March 2018 to: procurement@sa.catapult.org.uk

Further Information

Any questions you have relating to this collaboration should reach us by 12:00hrs on 21st March, with answers being issued by 12:00hrs on 22nd March 2018. Email procurement@sa.catapult.org.uk or call 01235 567999.

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