Trase is revolutionizing the understanding and management of agricultural commodity supply chains. Using publicly available data, Trase brings unprecedented transparency and traceability to supply chains and their link with deforestation and environmental impacts.
A major investigation by The Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism using Trase data discovered that Brazilian beef linked to deforestation was being sold by a company that supplies McDonalds, Burger King, and UK supermarkets.
By promoting deforestation-free commitments and fostering collaboration, Trase contributes to the global fight against deforestation, habitat loss, and climate change.
Trase equips stakeholders with actionable intelligence to identify and address environmental and social risks associated with commodity production.
Rising to regulation.
From EU Deforestation Law to the evolving CSRD, Trase data helps companies map their impacts and effectively focus their due diligence efforts.
The Trase initiative was created to connect consumer markets to on-the-ground impacts. Its data-driven approach empowers action and accountability, catalyzing positive change across critical commodity export markets. Backed by scientific expertise from Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy and a wider partnership of 34 organizations. We joined the development team to turn this vision into an impact driven platform.
At the heart of Trase is a beautiful, interactive sankey diagram that visualizes the export and import of 13 commodities that are linked to deforestation, including soy, beef, coffee, and cocoa. The datasets that feed this visualization are immense and we had to resist the urge to cram in as many features as possible. Instead, we carefully selected features that would allow people to explore the complex relationships between the data points without being overwhelmed. Pushing technology to the limits, the sankey diagram is the perfect way to fully appreciate the global demand for agricultural commodities.
The Trase dataset is immense and the relationships between the data points are convoluted, but that doesn’t mean the user experience should be complicated. We took great care with the design of the map and sankey interface, incorporating simple hover and click interactions so users can perform complex filters that help them draw insights. More recently, we designed a new feature for the Trase platform that allows users to create their own data dashboard with custom options.