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A long standing sustainability consultancy that partners with companies by offering end to end solutions for global supply chains challenges. Drawing upon over 40 years combined experience we deliver genuine change through tailor-made solutions covering:
• Strategy, from policy to engaging with stakeholders;
• Sustainable Sourcing & Supply Chains;
• Traceability and Transparency;
• Raw Materials & Forest Risk Commodities;
• Risk Management and Metrics;
• Footprinting and Reporting;
• Product Claims and Responsible Marketing.
We work with retailers and brand owners and their supply chains globally to improve performance and communication to deliver greater shared value in a responsible way.see less
Sustainability Strategy Consulting, Traceability and Transparency, Supply Chain Management, Sustainable Sourcing, EUTR Compliance, Supply Chain Risk Management;, Footprinting, Product Claims and Responsible Marketing, Forest Risk Commodities, Provenance


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

Financial Community

Financial Community


Wired world

Through our work on voluntary corporate disclosure processes we have provided the means by which financial actors can access the performance of companies and those sectors where agricultural land use change is leading to deforestation and biodiversity risk, if ecosystem services are not protected.

SEC has supported the development of the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project, now the CDP Forest Program from its inception to its integration with CDP in 2013.  SEC developed the original questionnaire, scoring and reporting methodology for FFD.

SEC was also responsible for developing the Natural Value Initiative‘s Food, Beverage and Tobacco sector biodiversity assessment.