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Circular economy solutions 

Build a regenerative business, integrate ethical sourcing into supply chain planning, and embed sustainable practices into core business processes.

Enable a sustainable supply chain with circular economy solutions

Design products sustainably, eliminate waste, and build a sustainable supply chain by integrating ethical and environmentally responsible business practices. Together, we can enable a future with zero waste.


  • Design environmentally sustainable products
  • Calculate environmental costs across product lifecycles 
  • Simulate the impact of manufacturing on the environment
  • Integrate sustainable requirements into processes


  • Satisfy demand with ethically sourced materials 
  • Collaborate to create accurate demand plans
  • Predict scenarios and support circular processes
  • Run simulations of demand or supply changes


  • Discover qualified suppliers
  • Speed up your sourcing cycles
  • Create the best-value agreements for sustainable savings 
  • Manage end-to-end supplier information


  • Improve visibility into manufacturing processes
  • Track and enhance manufacturing performance
  • Reduce unplanned downtime and outages
  • Make operations safer


  • Support holistic transportation and freight collaboration
  • Apply communication standards across your network
  • Improve resiliency of logistics processes
  • Decrease miles driven, carbon footprint, and energy use


  • Maximize asset health and performance
  • Extend asset life and reduce energy consumption
  • Track the environmental impact of asset operations
  • Help ensure operator well-being and compliance 

Circular economy solutions to build a regenerative business

Implement comprehensive value chain transparency and extend sustainability initiatives – from raw materials sourcing to last-mile logistics and product returns and recycling – improving the environment, your business, and people's lives.

Sustainable product design

Optimize material choices by calculating extended producer responsibility (EPR) obligations, plastic taxes, and corporate commitments.

  • Calculate fees and taxes accurately and implement measures to reduce regulatory costs
  • Identify the right trade-offs and simplify the strategic portfolio decision-making process
  • Transition to a circular product portfolio and deliver on zero-waste commitments

Full transparency for ethical sourcing

Empower your agribusiness company to recycle more by connecting smallholder farmers to your agriculture supply chain and get full transparency into the source of your raw materials.

  • Monitor, track, and trace your supply chain, from farm to table
  • Analyze agricultural commodity sourcing
  • Comply with agriculture regulations

Material traceablity and supply chain visibility

Leverage blockchain technology to capture the complete material provenance from raw material to finished product, and share information efficiently and securely.

  • Establish 360-degree tranpsarency over materials and end-to-end visiblity
  • Ensure consumer confidence through maximum transparency and compliance
  • Enable end-to-end multi-ingredient traceability, from raw material origin to finished productLink Text: SAP Logistics Business Network

Product compliance

Safeguard your revenue and brand reputation by delivering products that give more value than they take from our planet with streamlined compliance processes.

  • Streamline product development and introduction
  • Mitigate risk by using up-to-date information and documents
  • Update compliance processes and document creation with efficient requirements

Closing the green gap

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Supporting and industry solutions for a circular economy and sustainable supply chain

Closely monitor waste generation

Manage your environmental impact, and enable a compliant and transparent waste disposal process.

Product lifecycle management

Enable faster and better decisions to meet highly variable and individualized customer requirements for sustainable resource management and product compliance.

Returns management

Maximize margins on returns, protect your brand, drive carbon-friendly return options, and reduce the amount of goods that end up in landfills.

Returnable packaging

Facilitate circular logistic flows for containers, pallets, and other packaging by integrating multiple back-end systems and enabling collaboration with partners.

Strategic sourcing

Discover qualified suppliers, speed up sourcing cycles, and create agreements for sustainable sourcing savings.

Closing raw material loops

Optimize the management of waste collection, recycling, and environmental service contracts with a view to closing circular raw material loops with dedicated industry processes.

Reduce food and goods waste

Use the replenishment planning add-on to lessen costs and waste through effective and efficient replenishment of goods, and getting the right products to the right store at the right time.

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Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, leading SAP Product Engineering
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