Supply Chain Transparency

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Trase is a data-driven transparency initiative that is revolutionising our understanding of the trade and financing of commodities driving deforestation worldwide. Its unique supply chain mapping approach brings together disparate, publicly available data to connect consumer markets to deforestation and other impacts on the ground related to the production of commodities such as soy, palm oil, timber and beef.

Trase Supply Chains combines self-disclosed data from companies with customs, shipping, tax, logistics and other data to map in unprecedented detail the supply chains linking consumer countries, and traders, with places of production, as well as the patterns of ownership and investment in trading companies. This allows companies, financial institutions, governments and others to understand the risks and identify opportunities for more sustainable production.

Trase comprehensively maps supply chains of key commodities, such as Brazilian soy or Indonesian palm oil exports, providing a wall-to-wall map of the central stages of a supply chain. It already covers over half the global trade in forest-risk commodities and continues to expand coverage to new commodities and geographies where sustainability action is urgently needed.

Trase is widely recognized by market, government and civil society leaders as a unique and powerful source of information and intelligence. By bringing a new level of transparency and insight to the drivers of deforestation, Trase is catalysing targeted action across entire export markets.

Trase Insights provides articles, publications and analysis on the sustainability of commodity trade, written by Trase’s team of experts and partners.

Have queries about our work on Trase? Get in touch with Helen Bellfield, Policy Director and Trase Lead at Global Canopy.

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Trase Finance was launched in 2020 and ceased its offering in 2023. The first platform of its kind, from its launch it galvanised interest, in the finance sector and beyond, in assessing and tackling the role of loans and investments in enabling deforestation. It showed the need and ability to map the web of connections between financiers, asset classes, traders and land use. Trase Finance brought the scale of “indirect” financing exposures identified by this approach to the forefront.

Now, demand is growing for more agile and responsive data offerings to support financial institutions to achieve deforestation-free portfolios. The Trase team is exploring other ways to meet these needs, including through collaboration with Forest IQ.

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