New system promises greater transparency for RA

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New system promises greater transparency for RA

Rainforest Alliance signs up with software provider to create a new integrated supply chain traceability system

New system promises greater transparency for RA

The system will initially focus on the cocoa and banana supply chains

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The Rainforest Alliance has agreed a tie up with Dutch software company ChainPoint to build a platform to collect supply chain data from the banana and other sectors.

Currently data is stored in a number of separate applications, but the new system will bring in information from the start of the supply chain all the way to the finished product. Over time, further agricultural crops will be added, brining more visibility and traceability to global commodity supply.

“A state-of-the-art software platform that creates visibility and traceability is vital to manage the many supply chains we are active in,” explained Kiku Loomis, director for claims, traceability and trademarks at the Rainforest Alliance. “It makes our processes much more efficient, enables us to analyse data and helps us to protect the credibility of the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.”

Known as Rainforest Alliance Marketplace 2.0, the system will be capable of collecting data from multiple supply chains; interfacing with existing Rainforest Alliance systems; supporting multiple traceabilty objectives, such as tracing back to the certificate holder and country of origin; using inventories and volume balances, and more.

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