This guide provides an overview of the importance of traceability for sustainability purposes, outlines the global opportunities and challenges it represents, and summarizes practical steps for implementing traceability programs within companies.

Research for this guide revealed that traceability is a tremendously impactful tool for advancing sustainability objectives, but it still has a long way to go before it is an integral part of sustainable supply chain management and used widely by companies. At present, only a very small percentage of commodities are traceable on sustainability attributes.

Traceability must be a collaborative effort. This guide aims to show companies and stakeholders the benefits of working together to implement a common approach to traceability across commodities.