Trase is a powerful new sustainability platform that enables governments, companies, investors and others to better understand and address the environmental and social impacts linked to their supply chains.
Its pioneering approach draws on vast sets of production, trade and customs data, for the first time laying bare the flows of globally traded commodities from production landscapes to consumer countries for entire countries and commodity sectors. Along the way it identifies the ports of export and import, and the producers, traders and transporters involved. These supply chain actors can then be linked back to environmental and social risk factors on the ground, as well as information on the social and governance factors necessary to improve conditions.
Trase focuses on the handful of commodities – including soy, beef, palm oil and timber – that drive two-thirds of deforestation globally. It comes as a direct response to the ambitious commitments made by leaders across sectors to achieve deforestation-free supply chains by 2020 – and the urgent need this creates for a breakthrough in assessing and monitoring sustainability performance.
Over the next five years, Trase aims to map the trade and risks for over 70% of total production in major forest risk commodities, catalysing a transformation in supply chain sustainability for the agricultural drivers of deforestation. Read our vision for Trase.
Who is Trase for?
Trase is an open-access platform. In revealing the sustainability risks and opportunities that connect production landscapes with consumers worldwide, the platform can help actors at every stage of the supply chain make smarter decisions:
- Commodity traders striving to meet sustainability commitments and to de-risk their supply chains. The platform provides the data and tools to monitor company progress, demonstrate their sustainability credentials to consumers and business partners, identify other actors along their supply chains to cooperate with, and plan more sustainable sourcing strategies.
- Producer country governments who want to promote sustainable production, reduce poverty, build effective partnerships with companies down the supply chain, and monitor the activities of producers and exporters across different jurisdictions.
- Consumer country governments who want to understand and manage their countries’ socio-environmental impacts abroad, make sustainable procurement decisions and meet commitments such as the EU’s Amsterdam Declarations on sustainable palm oil.
- Civil society organizations and multi-stakeholder processes committed to providing independent monitoring and assessment of private- and public-sector actors involved in the trade of globally significant commodities, including those that have made individual or collective commitments such as under the New York Declaration on Forests.
In addition, in the longer term, Trase aims to provide specific decision support to stakeholders. For example: investors who want to de-risk their portfolios, manufacturers and retailers as well as consumer groups committed to more sustainable consumption, and journalists and campaigning groups who play a vital watchdog role in strengthening the accountability of global supply chains.
How does it work?
Trace’s supply chain mapping relies on the triangulation of several key sources of data. To trace exports back to production landscapes it uses sub-national production data from national governments, publicly available data on the supply chain logistics of companies, as well as data on the subnational origin of shipped goods gathered at port level. The mapping of global trade flows relies chiefly on customs declarations and bills of lading, which are based on legal contracts between trading partners, and on official global trade data (e.g. from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization) to account for re-exports between countries.
Trase is a partnership between the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy Programme. We work closely with Vizzuality, the European Forest Institute, and many other partners.
These include Agrosatelite, Both ENDS, BV Rio, CDP, Chalmers University, Conservation International, Gibbs Land Use and Environment Laboratory at Wisconsin University, International Institute for Sustainability, Imaflora, InfoAmazonia, León University, Louvain University, Luc Hoffman Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Transitions, University of Brasilia, University of Bonn, University of Sao Paulo, World Conservation Monitoring Centre, World Resources Institute, and WWF.
Trase is made possible through the generous funding of: