Tackling climate change through agricultural supply chain transparency

About the talk

Trase.earth is a powerful new sustainability platform by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) that enables governments, companies, investors and others to better understand and address the environmental and social impacts linked to their supply chains.

Its pioneering approach draws on vast sets of production, trade and customs data, for the first time laying bare the flows of globally traded commodities from production landscapes to consumer countries for entire countries and commodity sectors. Along the way it identifies the ports of export and import, and the producers, traders and transporters involved. These supply chain actors can then be linked back to environmental and social risk factors on the ground, as well as information on the social and governance factors necessary to improve conditions.

In this talk Javier will talk about the SEI’s learnings whilst undertaking the next phase of Trase’s development which is leveraging graphs, semantics, AI & Linked Data in order to bring new analytical techniques and transparency to supply chains. This includes better understanding the financial networks of organisations involved in supply chains through the integration of equity holdings, fund holdings, lending, legal structure and event data such as mergers and acquisitions.

trase earth

trase.earth brings new levels of transparency to commodity supply chains

About the Speaker

Javier Godar P.h.D. is a research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Insitute (SEI). His main research interests are: i)  the study of socio-ecological systems in tropical areas, with focus on deforestation dynamics and rural development policies, particularly in the Amazon Basin; ii) the development of quantitative spatially-explicit global models describing the impacts associated to consumption of traded farming commodities. Current research topics include: the Amazonian deforestation slowdown, Agrarian Reform and rural development policies in the Amazon, biodiversity impacts of global demand for biofuels; Payments for Ecosystem Services (specifically REDD+), next generation footprint accounts, modeling of material flows in international trade markets, new applications in landscape ecology and GIS to better understand socio-ecological systems.