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Collaborating to drive greater supply chain transparency

A new website has been launched to promote greater collaboration between organisations working to improve transparency – and ultimately the sustainability - in forest-risk commodity supply chains.

The Supply Chain Transparency Network site is designed to facilitate information sharing and coordination among the dozens of initiatives working in the space.

Forest-risk commodities contribute to over 75% of deforestation in the tropics, and generate some 20% of manmade carbon emissions, so improving the sustainability of these supply chains is seen as essential to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Supply Chain Transparency Network (SCTN) was initiated by Global Canopy and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) to bring together organisations working at the forefront of the sustainability agenda.

Initially convened at the Paris climate talks in 2015, the Network has organised follow-up meetings in Marrakech, Bonn and Oxford.

The new website provides an online space for those organisations to share data, best practices, and transparency tools, as well as providing an opportunity to facilitate improved coordination and share opportunities.

Dr Sarah Lake, Head of the Supply Chain Programme at Global Canopy, said:

“This is a critical endeavour in addressing the global problem of tropical deforestation, as it means that we can be more effective as a community working towards our shared goal of greater supply chain transparency.”

The Network aims to use the site to build a living directory of different initiatives related to supply chain transparency, including research and best-practice guidance.

Over time the aim is to build a collection of the most widely used and relevant datasets for assessing the sustainability of commodity supply chains.

Dr Toby Gardner, Senior Research Fellow at SEI Stockholm, added:

“By working together more closely, supply chain transparency initiatives can share ideas and data related to common challenges and opportunities, and help accelerate efforts to support a shift towards more deforestation free supply chains.”

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