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Kumi and software specialist Grouptree partner to create Origin Core, a new approach to responsible supply chain due diligence


20 May 2024: Kumi, a specialist in responsible business in global supply chains, has partnered with software specialist Grouptree, to create a new solution that combines Kumi’s on-the-ground experience in global supply chains with Grouptree’s expertise in sustainability software.

Many legacy systems are inflexible, not built for the unique requirements of sustainability risks, and treat supplier due diligence as a transactional relationship. Origin Core is different. It has been created with a single focus; to give businesses of any size a flexible solution to manage supply chain due diligence and help build lasting supplier relationships.

Origin Core is a modular, open platform that can be integrated into existing risk workflows and scaled for companies of any size, bringing together supply chain data into one easy-to-manage space.

At the heart of the solution are Kumi’s consultants, who use their supply chain expertise to integrate existing assurance methodologies, questionnaires, workflows, improvement plans, policies, training, and much more into the powerful Origin platform.

The platform has been built from the ground up for sustainability to help track risks and manage compliance with all current and future due diligence regulations, including the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG), the Norwegian Supply Chain Transparency Act, and the forthcoming European Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D).

Andrew Britton, Kumi’s Chief Executive Officer said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of Origin Core with our partner Grouptree. Our work in global supply chains has shown that technology alone cannot manage sustainability risks. Understanding suppliers and the root causes of risks is vital in configuring technology platforms that look in the right places and ask the right questions. With an increase in supply chain due diligence regulation, this ‘true picture’ of supply chain risks will become more important than ever. I’m excited to offer a solution that does just that for businesses of all sizes.”

William Wallis from Grouptree added: “Our collaboration with Kumi over the past few years has been instrumental in developing Origin. The partnership leverages our technological strengths and Kumi’s deep expertise to offer a comprehensive solution that helps companies achieve compliance while also doing the right thing. We’re excited about the innovative projects ahead and the positive changes we can foster in the industry.”


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Contact: Andrew Britton, Kumi Consulting: +44 020 3637 4440


About Kumi

Leading global brands and corporations retain Kumi as a trusted supply chain and responsible sourcing advisor. The Kumi team, through its work advising policymakers, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Commission (EC), and the London Metals Exchange (LME), has helped shape government policy and industry frameworks for supply chain due diligence and responsible sourcing. Kumi works with clients across multiple global sectors, including mining and metals, automotive and other manufacturing, fashion and textiles, and financial institutions

About Origin

Origin, developed by Grouptree, is a scalable cloud-based platform designed to streamline compliance and enhance due diligence processes. With a strong emphasis on responsible sourcing and risk management, Origin supports companies in achieving both regulatory compliance and ethical supply chain practices. The platform is used across various sectors, including fashion, marketing services, commodities, and mining.