“Supply chain data systems, help or hindrance?”

    With an increasing demand for sustainability and traceability a number of IT platforms are developing to support these.  These range from online claims platforms, trading platforms and ‘eye’ in the sky type mapping systems that plot forest cover loss and land use changes in agriculture. it possible to develop a common approach to help supplement or in some cases replace the need for physical auditing.

    How can we meet the need for transparency and traceability whilst avoiding huge increases in costs and bureaucracy or should the need for traceability be questioned in the first place?

    Could a barcode system every really allow consumers to identify the providence of a product and should this be encouraged or discouraged?

    How can the IT industry, Certification Industry and Food industry collaborate to meet global commitments for sustainability in as simple manner as possible?

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