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Minerals & Sourcing From the Wild



Minerals and Sourcing from the Wild

In today’s crowded world the sourcing of animal, plant species, fungi, marine species and minerals from the wild or unregulated locations has potentially serious impacts.  Like all sustainability issues there is a need to control our consumption to ensure we are not taking out more than natural systems can re-generate; this ensures that local eco-systems and bio-diversity is maintained.   Nowhere is this more vital than where harvesters use communal land or unprotected regions and no one has formal responsibility for monitoring consumption and maintenance of habitats.

SEC has experience of addressing a wide range of material challenges from the collection of plants and herbs, through mineral sourcing to the products of the sea. We will work with you from creating a policy, communicating it to the supply chain ultimately to policing it within your global supply chain and finding the control and certification systems best suited to the material and region.


Raw Materials

Raw Materials



Sourcing Raw Materials and Due Diligence

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