Canadian Manufacturing

Assent Inc. launches its supply chain sustainability management solution

Assent is specifically focused on complex manufacturers, a subset of manufacturers in the industrial equipment, electronics, medical device, aerospace/defense and automotive verticals.

March 1, 2022   by CM Staff

OTTAWA — Assent Inc. (Assent), formerly Assent Compliance Inc., unveiled its new brand on Mar. 1 – including a new company name, logo and mission statement – focusing on trying to deliver comprehensive supply chain sustainability management solutions to manufacturers.

Assent is specifically focused on complex manufacturers, a subset of manufacturers in the industrial equipment, electronics, medical device, aerospace/defense and automotive verticals whose products have a long design cycle and shelf life. More importantly, with thousands of parts making up a single product — and equally as many supplier partners across their global supply chain — complex manufacturers have extreme supply chain sustainability requirements. These companies need detailed data on all layers of supplier activity to manage business risk, gain competitive advantage and build sustainable businesses and products.

Assent has experience working with complex manufacturers to track and report on ESG priorities such as human trafficking, modern slavery, toxic substances, conflict minerals and anti-corruption, as well as to actively uncover and reduce supply chain risks and provide guidance toward best practices.

“Compliance is the root of all sustainability programs, especially for complex manufacturers,” said Andrew Waitman, CEO of Assent. “Our company name change and rebrand efforts highlight our expansive product solutions that now span across product compliance, trade compliance and ESG and are geared to help companies advance their sustainability programs and initiatives. You simply can’t do sustainability without addressing the supply chain. That’s why our platform continuously maps and monitors suppliers, products, parts and practices to provide the transparency manufacturers need to address critical global challenges, eliminate the use of harmful chemicals and reduce environmental impacts.”

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The Assent solution blends the SaaS technology platform with managed services and its regulatory team who keep customers ahead of compliance and regulatory changes across the globe.

“Because of tremendously complicated supply chains and production workflows, complex manufacturers must use digital technology to help them improve and manage supply chain sustainability practices,” said Kim Knickle, Research Director, ESG and Sustainability, Verdantix. “In fact, the ESG/Sustainability imperative for businesses worldwide is now even more crucial. When selecting a technology partner, the best approach is often one that takes into consideration the unique challenges of specific industry segments and their value chains.”