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TRASE: Harnessing the power of data for supply chain sustainability

This brief describes Transparency for Sustainable Economies (TRASE; formerly Transformative Transparency), an online information system and decision-support tool being developed for investigating the supply chains of forest-risk agricultural commodities such as soy, beef and oil palm.

Javier Godar / Published on 30 November 2015

Gardner, Toby, Godar, Javier, Mardas, Niki, Trimmer, Caspar (2015). TRASE: Harnessing the power of data for supply chain sustainability.

Internationally traded agricultural commodities – such as soy, oil palm and beef – are a multi-billion dollar segment of the global economy, driving development in both producer and consumer countries, as they move along complex international supply chains into nearly every economic sector.

But production of these commodities, especially in developing countries throughout the tropics, is often linked to heavy social and environmental impacts. Over the last decade, for example, agricultural expansion has been responsible for some two-thirds of tropical deforestation, accelerating climate change and sometimes threatening the rights and livelihoods of local people.

Without a more complete understanding of the web of supply chain connections, and the various environmental and social risks associated with them, action to improve sustainability remains limited.

TRASE is a powerful new online information and decision-support platform that aims to fill this gap.

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SEI’s work on TRASE is being carried out under the P2CS Initiative.

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Javier Godar
Javier Godar

Senior Research Fellow

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