Modern society depends on increasingly complex combinations of materials or ‘stuff’, where components and ingredients are sourced from across the world and manufactured in a wide range of countries. Where raw materials come from is increasingly as important to business reputation, as the site labour conditions in which they are used or assembled. SEC has particular experience of introducing and building traceability systems for commodities and the management and use of third party certification in our client’s value chains. More
Forest Risk Commodities
As agriculture and resource extraction takes more of the planet, we are threatening the world’s lungs – our forest reserves globally. Forests help maintain the water cycle that sustains all life. So it is important to understand the impacts of all commodities that have particular deforestation risks. SEC has 20 years experience of working with these issues and improving outcomes within purchasing with retailers, brands and on the ground. More
EU and UK Timber Regulations
The EU has recognised that illegal wood fibre has been entering the value chain in ordinary wood and paper products placed on the European market. Enabling regulations by EU governments has now placed a due of care of companies to undertake Due Diligence to ensure they are not bringing in or buying this material. SEC is an expert of the application of Due Diligence and you can read about this service here. More
Responsible Palm Oil & Zero Deforestation
We have all seen the headlines about palm oil and deforestation. Moving from unknown sourcing to the use of known sources, traceable palm oil is a journey and one that SEC has been working on for the last 10 years. SEC works with companies from their initial response to palm oil, through the management of NGO interest, to due diligence and traceability of supply and the choice of partners on the ground who are delivering well managed sources without land use change or negative social impacts. More
Minerals & Sourcing from the Wild
As well as plantation and deliberately grown materials we still take a surprising amount of materials direct from nature, or sourcing from the wild. The risks to eco-systems and bio-diversity from unregulated extraction are considerable; and this impacts on a wide range of commodities and materials we use from stone, to the products of the sea. To learn more you can read about Sourcing from the wild here. More
This section explains how we approach identifying the source of products, raw materials and the sustainability statements, ‘proxies’ or ‘claims’ that others use. You will lean how we manage information and what processes we use to verify validity, so that you can build a business strategy securely.
Traceability & Visibility of the Value Chain
To manage supply chains strategically means you need to understand them beyond the first tier. Making the many tiers of the supply chain visible and introducing traceability is a big ‘ask’ for most organisations requiring the gathering of supply chain information upstream, data collection direct from suppliers. SEC has extensive experience of making this chore as pain-free as possible using web based systems and and our compliance rates are regularly higher than the business can achieve by itself. With return rates at over 90% we will give you a better ROI than internal systems. More
Data Gathering via CSR Info™
SEC has developed a range of bespoke systems to collect complex supply chain, product and raw material provenance information from our client’s value chains to allow data to flow and better decisions to be made. More
Data Integrity and Verification
Collection of data is only part of the process, without checking and validation it is a case of the old IT adage – garbage in, garbage out. SEC provides a range of vital functions from data clearing, which ensuring you are comparing like with like; to validation and verification to check what we are told is truthful and accurate. More
Data Management Systems
SEC provides fully personalised and individual data management systems to our clients based on our central platform, PRISM™ (despite the long-standing name no spies are involved!) The process are delivered to reflect the level of skill set of the user groups. This is the raw material for Business Intelligence support. More
Modern society depends on increasingly complex combinations of ‘stuff’, where components and ingredients are sourced from across the world and manufactured in a wide range of countries. Where raw materials come from is increasingly as important as the site labour conditions in which they are used or assembled. SEC has particular experience of introducing and building traceability systems for commodities and the management and use of third party certification in our client’s value chains. We understand the challenges of land disputes and the impact of such discoveries on down-stream users.
SEC will work with your organisation and its supply base to understand and deploy the most appropriate third party certification for your situation. If you find yourself in a land rights related crisis we will advise you on how to build a response team.