South East Asian transboundary haze is a fire-related large-scale air pollution problem that occurs regularly and has been recorded since 1972. This issue has severe environmental and economic repercussions. In 2015, CIFOR reported that haze has cost the region US$14 billion in damages related to agricultural production, forest degradation, health, transportation and tourism. Haze is mostly caused by slash-and-burn agricultural practices.
Bluenumbers showed the location of farmers relative to hotspots. We witness what happens at the ground level of supply chains, in real time. We assist government organizations and companies to improve farmers’ practice in palm oil industries.
Treating Workers Fairly
Enables transparency and accountability
While multinational corporations and global enterprises claim to adhere to human rights, how does one do so without knowing exactly who is in their supply chains? The garment industry is a US$3 trillion a year industry with 40 million workers. Most are poor and unskilled in developing countries. 85 percent are women working in informal factories and homes. To claim that workers are treated well and paid fairly, companies must know the names and location of every last one.
The garment industry is a US$3 trillion
B# show every worker in a supply chain. Companies can prove that all their workers are treated well, know the location and conditions of their workplace. All claims can be evidenced with the direct participation of every worker involved.
Helping small farmers sell
Enabling open and direct markets
Small producers supply between 70 to 80 percent of all food consumed in Asia and Africa. Over 2.5 billion people make their living from 500 million small farms worldwide. Choosing to buy from small farmers stabilises supply, lowers risk and helps countries and communities become more food-secure. When small farmers have better incomes, they can invest in themselves to produce more, employ more people locally and drive local market demand.
Bluenumber helps small farmers sell more. We know where they are and what standards they practice. This means buyers can see farmers and know where supply is available. Buyers can train farmers in specific areas to meet the practice and safety standards they need.
Recognizing property rights
Clear property rights help reduce poverty. People need assets to generate income. The poorest people in rural areas typically do not have rights to the land they depend on. 90 percent of rural land in Africa is undocumented and a third of farmers in India have no claim to their farms. They risk losing their livelihoods and have no way to use land as collateral to raise finance or investment.
Bluenumbers let people agree what is individual and communal property.
Providing identity for financial services
People in places with a weak financial services infrastructure do not have accounts, credit histories or standard documentation. The World Bank says there are 2 billion unbanked people in the world today. But, of these, 1 billion have mobile phones, which represents a new avenue for mobile money and financial services. Digital inclusion enables financial inclusion.
Bluenumbers let people create real-world profiles in lieu of a formal credit history. A digital identity including sales records, peer testimonials and uploaded evidence of good practice and local standing, may be accepted instead of traditional certificates or documents.
Refugees and labour trafficking
Digital identity for the vulnerable
Refugees and victims of trafficking do not usually carry physical identity documents, or may have them lost or seized. If information falls into the wrong hands, the family and friends they left behind may be at risk. Refugees might move through several states before finding a home. Documentation in the cloud that is accessible by a mobile phone and password can be the difference between life and loss.
B# IDs provide victims of trafficking a way to show the agencies helping them their documents, photos and other evidence of who they are. This can mean access services for resettlement or integration securely and privately to avoid reprisal.
Measuring real impacts
Realizing SDG benefits for every individual
Research on the MDGs (succeeded by the SDGs) shows that critical data gaps exists at the individual level. In one instance, data shows that global poverty levels might be higher than the previously assumed amount of 25 percent. Surveys and census on employment and households miss up to 350 million people. The current thinking extrapolates sampled top-down data to measure progress, and this is a weakness of unconnected, silo-based, legacy data systems.
Bluenumbers can measure if SDG investments are actually delivering the benefits promised to individuals. Government, CSR and sustainability practitioners can directly measure if they are making progress and if people’s lives are getting better.