Photo: Supply Chain Traceability Matrix Homepage. Credit @ Verité

Photo: Supply Chain Traceability Matrix Homepage. Credit @ Verité

Do you have questions about traceability in supply chains? Are you interested in learning about how different traceability approaches can enhance due diligence goals? The STREAMS Supply Chain Traceability Matrix (the Matrix) seeks to address these questions and more. The Matrix will help users understand how to use traceability elements, methods, and technologies to design traceability systems that can address forced labor and child labor risks in diverse supply chains.

The Matrix will be a publicly available online resource housed on an accessible, interactive website The Matrix is comprised of two core typologies: the Traceability Methods Typology (TMT) and the Supply Chain Typology (SCT). In the TMT, users can learn about the core elements and methods that make up labor rights due diligence-focused traceability systems. In the SCT, users can explore the characteristics and features of specific supply chains that impact traceability by accessing Supply Chain Typology profiles for a selection of goods included on the U.S. Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor and Forced Labor.

The Matrix will also feature explanatory information on traceability technology solutions and examples of traceability methods in practice. On the Technology Page, information will focus on demystifying and describing the function different technologies play within traceability systems. The Examples page will provide an illustrative selection of certifications, initiatives, pilots, and other efforts that feature supply chain traceability methods, as described in the TMT.  

Rounding out these core pieces of the Matrix, the website will also provide additional background resources on due diligence and labor rights in supply chains.  

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