Since its first meeting at the Paris climate talks in 2015, the Supply Chain Transparency Network (SCTN) has brought together organisations at the forefront of supply chain transparency and sustainability issues around the world. Convened by SEI and Global Canopy, the SCTN provides spaces for participants to seek complementarities and collaboration opportunities, and define future directions for supply chain transparency work.

The network’s new website provides a space for easy information-sharing and coordination. Visitors can access news, blogs and publications by SCTN participants. Over time, the site will become a living directory of initiatives working on supply chain transparency, including profiles, research, tools and best-practice guidance. Another aim is to build a collection of the most widely used and relevant datasets for assessing the sustainability of commodity supply chains.

“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,” said SEI Senior Research Fellow Toby Gardner.

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

Dr Sarah Lake, Head of the Supply Chain Programme at Global Canopy, said of the new website: “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.”

SEI and Global Canopy collaborate on the Trase initiative and tool, which uses Big Data solutions to map global supply chains of forest-risk agricultural commodities such as Latin American soy and beef, and Indonesian palm oil, and link them to deforestation and other sustainability information.

A version of this story was posted on the Global Canopy website.