The Supply Chain Traceability Matrix

Traceability should work for workers.

On its own, traceability does not deliver concrete improvements for workers in global supply chains. Traceability systems do provide insight into the who, what, when, and where of supply chains. The Verité Supply Chain Traceability Matrix is designed to help companies, governments, and civil society advocates understand how those insights can be used to combat labor rights abuses like forced labor and child labor in global supply chains. Specifically, the Matrix helps stakeholders design feasible traceability systems that can provide the information needed to support human and labor rights due diligence efforts in the context of diverse global supply chains.

Choose where you’d like to begin.

  1. I want to understand more about how traceability can be harnessed to combat labor violations in global supply chains.
  2. I want to find traceability approaches that can help achieve the leading global due diligence guidance.
  3. I want to learn more about the risks and characteristics in specific supply chains… and what that means for finding traceability solutions.

The following companion resources supplement the information presented in the STREAMS Supply Chain Traceability Matrix. Click on each resource to download the pdf.

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The STREAMS Project and Verité

The Supply Chain Traceability Matrix is a product of the Supply Chain Tracing and Engagement Methodologies (STREAMS) Project. Working at the nexus of traceability and due diligence, STREAMS aims to help companies, advocates, and government officials leverage innovative approaches to increase the downstream and upstream tracing of goods made by child labor and forced labor in order to combat labor abuses throughout global supply chains. Visit the STREAMS website to learn more about the project.

Funding for the Supply Chain Tracing and Engagement Methodologies (STREAMS) project is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL‐35805. 100 percent of the total costs of the project or program is financed with USG federal funds, for a total of 4,000,000 dollars. This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.


The STREAMS Project is implemented by Verité, a global, independent, non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. As a pioneer in social auditing, training, research, advocacy, and consulting on labor and human rights in global supply chains, the organization collaborates with companies, civil society groups, governments, workers, unions, and international organizations to promote genuinely sustainable workplace practices.

Verité is leading the STREAMS project with support from numerous implementing partners with expertise in:

Due Diligence Standards for Supply Chain Actors

Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) is a non-profit for-benefit corporation dedicated to ending human rights abuses and forced labor associated with the raw materials found in everyday products. RSN’s Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced (YESS) initiative aims to eliminate the market for cotton produced with forced labor and increase the use of ethical and sustainable cotton.

Multi-stakeholder Sustainability Initiatives

Better Cotton is a multi-stakeholder cotton sustainability initiative that aims to promote measurable improvements in the environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. Better Cotton’s mission is to help communities (including smallholders and farm workers) survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment.

Supply Chain Mapping and Visualization

Sourcemap is a pioneer in supply chain transparency, providing a suite of software, advanced analytics, and services to assist supply chain stakeholders on the road to transparency.

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