Where does everything come from?

And for that matter, where does everything go?

We live in a world with global supply chains and apparently bottomless consumption. The demands of the market are that companies get stuff and sell it – but they do not often remember where it came from and perhaps don’t much care where it goes. So to deliver accountability – and even transparency about what has happened in this global world – traceability is essential. This is a complex and difficult thing to do and to ask of companies. While some companies, such as airline manufacturers, do traceability naturally, others, such as the automobile industry, may have it thrust upon them.

Here is a short concept note on the need for a general traceability standard.

So that we can answer the question, where does everything come from?

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