A supply chain management resource that supports forest products purchasing programs by (a) tracing the origin of products throughout the supply chain; (b) evaluating various risks (of illegal logging, unsustainable forest management) associated with the supply chains; and (c) developing and implementing policies and actions to address the risk. Under the latter, SmartSource also provides support to their clients in educating their staff and communicating the policy with suppliers and other stakeholders. Under the upcoming SmartSource360 platform (applicable to a and b above), companies throughout the supply chain will be able provide information directly about the raw materials in the products, including the place of origin. Rainforest Alliance SmartSource program staff reviews and verifies claims made by suppliers regarding source category and country of materials they have sold, through an annual audit process.

Geographical Areas of Interest

Global

Supply Chain Focus

Forest production

Processing/Manufacturing

Trade

Related CHapters

Traceability

The SmartSource program works with clients to trace the supply chains for specific products to identify, as accurate as possible, the forest source or origin of the raw materials in the product. SmartSource360 allows for full traceability of supply chain.

Information Accuracy

SmartSource staff reviews and validates claims made by suppliers regarding the origin of the raw materials in the products and relies on credible third-party certification and verification programs for sources with significant risk of controversial sourcing practices.

Legality

Suppliers are required to conduct a ‘risk assessment’ to determine whether wood/fiber source could be derived from illegal harvesting or trading activities. SmartSource relies on credible third party certification and verification programs for assessing legality for sources with significant risk of illegal harvesting and trading of wood and/or fiber. SmartSource staff reviews and validates the legality claims made by suppliers regarding the origin and attributes of the raw materials in the products.

SFM

Suppliers are required to conduct a ‘risk assessment’ to determine whether wood/fiber source could be derived from conversion activities. SmartSource relies on credible third-party certification and verification programs and credible, peer reviewed, science-based, and publicly available resources for identifying SFM, potential Land-Use Change and Forest Conversion activities associated with particular supplying entities and countries. Staff review and validate the claims made by suppliers regarding the origin and attributes of the raw materials in the products.

Unique Forest Values

Suppliers are required to conduct a ‘risk assessment’ to determine whether wood/fiber source could be derived from areas considered to be HCVFs. Smartsource relies on credible third party certification and verification programs for assessing impacts of forest management activities in forests where High Conservation Values (HCV) exist. SmartSource staff reviews and validates the HCV claims made by suppliers regarding the origin and attributes of the raw materials in the products.