Supply Chain Mapping & Trade Data Analysis

Target Audience
NGOs, Media, Companies
Beef, Leather, Palm oil, Soy, Coffee, Rubber, Cocoa, Wood
ClientEarth, Rainforest Foundation Norway, IUCN NL, World Animal Protection, Mighty Earth, Stand.Earth (selection)

AidEnvironment maps global supply chains and trade flows of commodity products from  production sites to downstream sectors, aiming at increasing supply chain transparency, awareness on trade flows and chain linkages, and monitoring in forest-risk commodities’ sectors.


Global supply chains are often complex and opaque, hindering progress towards the reduction of native vegetation loss associated with soft commodity production. The lack of transparency and overview on the chain of custody of raw materials make traceability to the plot of land of origin a challenging task. The responsible and sustainable management of supply chains requires improvements on traceability and transparency, which are already being demanded under new legislative initiatives. Under the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), 76 commodity products originating from non-EU countries and placed in the EU market, falling into six broad commodity categories (soy, cattle, palm oil, rubber, wood, and cocoa), will need to be continuously monitored and traceable to origin.


AidEnvironment continuously supports civil society organizations, legal organizations and firms, campaigners, and investigative journalists with supply chain mapping and global trade data analyses, also in support of various EU and non-EU legislative initiatives, such as the EUDR. We identify relevant trade flows, key supply chain actors and operators in soy, beef, leather, palm oil, rubber, wood, coffee, and cocoa products and their connection with downstream sectors and industries and larger company groups.

Evidence-based research pieces supported substantiated concerns under climate litigation cases since 2022
key NGO campaigns and media articles launched with high traction, based on AidEnvironment supply chain mapping work: Washington Post, The Guardian, “Burning Legacy”, “Saving the Cerrado”, Mongabay, (O)Eco, Folha de S.Paulo, and NRC
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From ranch to plate: beef supply chain mapping

Read more on some of the unique databases developed by AidEnvironment’s Deforestation-free Supply Chains Team, which can support beef and leather supply chain mapping and monitoring.

Read more here

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How we support strategic climate litigation through supply chain mapping

Through a focus on non-compliance cases, supply chain mapping, and trade data analyses, AidEnvironment substantiates strategic climate litigation under European and non-European legislative initiatives.

Read the article here

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Insights in the supply chain: Palm oil from Colombia to the EU

In 2023, we have mapped the Colombian palm oil supply chain, analyzing trade flows of palm oil to the EU and the potential social and environmental risks involved, in the framework of the EUDR.

Read the report here.


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Sarah Drost
Senior Researcher Deforestation-free supply chains