BLOCKCHAIN WITH SILVAN
We want great ingredients and innovative partners to get the credit they deserve. Adding blockchain traceability through mobile apps is a low-cost way to track every stage in an ingredient's journey, whilst building trust.
Keeping records on an open ledger enables our partners to promote the sustainable and regenerative work they’re engaged with, and incorporate this directly into their brand or ingredient story: earning value from their investments into improved operations.
How we create blockchain traceability:
Meet growers at their farms
Develop a bespoke app
Deliver training on data entry
Provide data support
We specialize in tailoring and implementing blockchain mobile apps in bespoke supply chains. Operating at every stage in the supply chain, we streamline data gathered into core metrics, simplifying processes whilst enabling each stage to be simply but comprehensively tracked. Working from frankincense in Somaliland, to palm kernels in Liberia, to rosewood oil in Peru, we’ve enabled unique and innovative partners to deliver unprecedented transparency, whilst unlocking the wider social and ecological impact that sustainably sourced ingredients can have.
Investing into blockchain technology doesn't represent a move away from certifications. It enables ingredient partners to demonstrate their progressive work in a very cost efficient way and transforms certification data for partners, clients and consumers. Open, effective and continuous data provides crucial insights into business operations. It is often also the exact same data that’s needed for certifications.
A BLOCKCHAIN CASE STUDY: SOMALILAND
Partnering with FairSource Botanicals and the Dayaxa Frankincense Export Company, Silvan is deploying a bespoke blockchain mobile app to register farms, harvesters and trees. Tagged resin bags are dropped at each farm, each with a unique reference code, so that bags of resin can be traced back to each farm and the dates of harvest by scanning this code. The mobile app is used to record each stage in the transportation of the resin, until distillation, when the unique codes for resin are combined to enable each bottle of oil to be traced back to its source resin.
All of this data, from payments to harvesters, to ecological tree data, is all stored on an open, online, immutable ledger, which is how blockchain is being used to demonstrate providence of resin in Somaliland. It is the immutablity of data stored using blockchain that enables the project to deliver on its promise of traceability with data points that can be trusted.
RECIPE FOR CHANGE
We do not have all the answers, but we do have a recipe for change. Its core ingredients are:
Customers need to ask hard questions of their favorite brands. In turn, the industry and brands need to step up, acknowledge the issues and invest in change.
The scale of this challenge is beyond one brand or company alone to address. We need to work alongside those who we might traditionally see as competitors if we want to meet the size of the task.
Exploitation happens in the shadows. We must look for new ways to shine a light into supply chains and understand what is happening.
We will not fix this overnight and we will not get it right straight away. To ensure real, lasting improvements, we have to sign up for the long term.