In line with a recent ‘tweet‘ published, WWF-Australia [World Wildlife Fund-Australia] has declared the launch of a supply chain tool that employees blockchain to permit businesses and customers to track food items.
The platform, dubbed OpenSC, is the product of a partnership between WWF-Australia and BCGDV [BCG Digital Ventures] — the worldwide corporate venture, investment and incubation arm of U.S. based Boston Consulting cluster.
In line with the WWF ‘web-site‘, the system permits both businesses to track products they manufacture and customers to look at the origins of the said products via a “unique blockchain code at the product’s point of origin.”
The platform distributes QR codes to products produced by corporates sign-up to the scheme. The codes are then coupled to a blockchain platform to permit customers to check the origin and life cycle of the precise product.
The aim is reportedly to empower customers with the information of precisely what they’re purchasing so that they can supposedly make an ethical choice.
In turn, producers would not be further able to use the complexities of supply chains to disguise dubious sourcing and production practices.
WWF-Australia chief executive officer named ‘Dermot O’Gorman’ commented in an official ‘press release‘ said:
“Through OpenSC, we’ll have an entire new level of transparency concerning whether or not the food we eat is contributing to environmental depletion of habitats and species, furthermore as social injustice and human rights problems like slavery.”
OpenSC-tracked system would reportedly be served next week to world leaders at the World Economic Forum event in Davos, Switzerland, the press release further added.
In future, the scheme might extend beyond food to tackle areas as diverse as palm oil and timber, Reuters reported while interviewing BCGDV’s Asia region head Paul Hunyor.
This launching comes as blockchain-based supply chain enhancements are seeing a hive of activity. This week, computing tech giant IBM’s own blockchain platform saw two new implementations involving ‘cobalt production in Congo‘ along with the broader world-wide mining industry.
Even earlier in Nov., a Swiss food manufacturer used the Ethereum [ETH] blockchain to trace fish products.