To advance responsible and transparent supply chains of reptile skins from Southeast Asia and drive improvements in the trade’s operating environment.
Our Strategy for Impact
Established in 2018, SARCA aims to advance a reptile skin trade that maintains wild reptile populations, supports local and national economies, and promotes animal welfare principles. This involves:
Research and Monitoring: Ongoing monitoring for healthy, maintained wild reptile populations with a regulated, sustainable harvest.
Supply Chain Standards: Development of a risk assessment framework and key sourcing principles, codified in a standard that promotes sustainable, fair, and humane practices.
Transparency: Creation and maintenance of an industry-wide chain of custody to ensure traceability in reptile skin supply chains.
Multistakeholder Engagement: Ongoing dialogue and collaboration with key actors from luxury brands to processing facilities and farms in Southeast Asia to cultivate a market that is transparent and fair.
Impacts: SDGs 12, 15
How we Work
SARCA focuses on the collective achievement of a series of claims which frame the key components of a sustainable and responsible reptile trade:
Claim 1 – Sustainable Offtake: Reptile species traded from Southeast Asia are sourced without detriment to the conservation of wild populations and in compliance with export trade requirements.
Claim 2 – Animal Welfare: Reptile species traded from Southeast Asia are treated humanely from capture to slaughter, according to internationally accepted standards.
Claim 3 – Environmental and Social Responsibility: Capture and processing facilities demonstrate good-practice labor and operational management practices.
Claim 4 – Livelihoods Supported: The trade in reptiles from Southeast Asian reptile trade supports the livelihoods of local people and a viable, long-term industry.
SARCA’s first Update of Progress reflects on the developments of the Southeast Asian reptile trade and highlights key achievements and areas of continued focus, with information for interested companies and stakeholders on how to engage.