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From Compliance to Sustainability – The iPoint Suite

iPoint’s software covers a lot of ground. In combination, our software products provide a broad spectrum of compliance, sustainability, and risk management solutions:

  • iPoint Compliance
  • iPoint Approval
  • iPoint Conflict Minerals
  • iPoint Supply Chain Survey
  • iPoint Product Sustainability
  • iPoint Corporate Sustainability
  • iPoint Process Efficiency

Our software is used by hundreds of thousands of companies across industries to manage complex processes across the entire lifecycle and simplify complex tasks, such as:

  • Material and substance data collection and reporting
  • Hazardous/toxic substance analysis and approval review
  • Material specification management
  • Supplier management, evaluation, and approvals
  • Environmental, health, safety, and transportation compliance evaluation
  • Critical material management and Conflict Minerals reporting
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Establishing baselines, and prioritizing corporate sustainability roadmaps
  • Environmental performance
  • Feasibility assessments and alternative analysis
  • Design for compliance
  • Design for sustainability & circularity

As part of our iPoint Suite roadmap, we continue to integrate the most critical components of our software tools to ensure that critical data, analysis, and reporting can be leveraged across different use cases in two main pillars:

  • Compliance: to account for every substance, supplier, and process that matters to the law, to your company, and to your customers. 
  • Sustainability: to measure, model, and improve the sustainability performance of products, supply chain, and operations.

Expertise embedded in software solutions

We’ve combined our industry experience with digitalization and subject matter expertise to ensure that we provide future-ready solutions across the following domains:

ComplianceSustainability
Substance Regulations
Material Composition
Material Specifications
Design for Compliance
Compliance Reporting
Compliance Approvals
Supplier Assessments
Supplier Quality Management
Supplier Risk Management
Workplace Safety & Health
Quality Management
EHS Approvals
Human Rights Regulation
Ecodesign
Product Stewardship
Environmental Performance
Circular Product Design
Life Cycle Assessment
Environmental Impact / Footprint
Social Impact
Responsible Sourcing
Process Efficiency
Operational Excellence
Product Carbon Footprint
Corporate Carbon Footprint
Corporate Social Impact

We understand that companies often have a lot to deal with, and sometimes it is not possible for them to tackle every aspect of compliance and sustainability at once. With iPoint, organizations can start by addressing the most pressing challenges first and scale into other important areas over time. You can start with any combination of the following out of the box solutions:  

ComplianceSustainability
REACH
SVHC
SCIP
ELV
GADSL
California Prop. 65
ROHS
WEEE
Ecodesign
EU Waste Framework Directive
EU Medical Device Regulation
Conflict Mineral Regulations
Human rights legislation, including
anti-human trafficking-, anti-modern-slavery,
and anti-child labor legislations
Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)
Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Product Carbon Footprint (PCF)
Design for Environment (DfE)
Greenhouse Gas Impact Analysis (GHG)
Circularity Analysis
RRR
Scope 3 (supplier impact) Reporting
Hong Kong Convention (IMO)
Supply Chain LCA Data Management
Supplier Environmental Footprint
Social Sustainability Reporting

This article is the seventh in our series of nine articles dedicated to the topic “From Compliance to Sustainability – Managing Material Lifecycle in the Circular Economy Era”. It is addressed to senior decision makers, managers, compliance officers, engineers, and any corporate citizen interested in the most important steps of your journey from compliance to sustainability. Starting with material compliance, we will explore the entire material life cycle and the connections between corporate sustainability goals, circular economy, and digital technology. Thereby, we will lay the focus on business processes, IT solutions, and the utilization of data as the three key elements which – in combination with sustainability and the circular economy – create greater value for companies and their value chains.
Stay tuned for our next article in this series, which will focus on the iPoint CARE principle.


About the authors

Maroye Marinkovic is the Product Innovation Manager at iPoint, where he brings in his skills as a solution designer, digital strategist, and a communicator with a passion for improving sustainability, efficiency, and compliance across value chains. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he has more than 10 years of experience in conceptualizing, designing, and implementing enterprise compliance, sustainability, and risk management software solutions. Maroye’s specializations include chemicals management, platform design, blockchain solution design, circular economy, and business strategy.

Dr. Bing Xu joined iPoint in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the North America main office in 2019 as Director of Business Innovation. In this role, he supports iPoint’s customers in different industries with their material compliance programs as well as their sustainability, circular economy, and digital twin projects, to integrate material compliance programs into their core product development processes and reduce non-compliance risks and improve engineering efficiency.

Before joining iPoint, Dr. Xu was Ford Motor Company’s Global Materials Compliance Program Manager. Spearheading Ford’s Global Materials Management program in early 1997, he was one of the original OEM members who developed and launched the International Data Management System (IMDS) for the automotive industry in 2000. He was Ford’s global attribute leader for material/substance compliance and material life cycle management, and a member of Ford’s Sustainability Council, managing both internal compliance and external suppliers’ compliance. He also led Ford’s cross-functional teams and developed various material compliance-related processes and IT tools for Ford since 1997. Furthermore, Dr. Xu was the owner of Ford’s Restrictive Substances Management Standard (RSMS) and the owner of the Ford’s internal material/substance compliance processes/tools.

He has served as chair and co-chair in several committees of leading industry organizations and work groups, such as the US Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)’s Chemical Management Advisory Group, the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR)’s Substances of Concern Group, the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL)’s Steering Group; and he has supported projects of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Alternative Assessments, and TSCA industrial data collection and evaluations.

A recognized and highly respected expert of the automotive industry, he has been invited to speak at many conferences and forums hosted by different industries and governmental agencies, e.g., Electronics, Building Materials, Heavy Machinery, Chemicals, Apparel, Home Appliances, California Safer Consumer Products and Alternative Assessment conferences/workshops, and SAE US Government Industry Meeting.

Maroye Marinkovic & Bing Xu

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