Responsible Sourcing Research

Expectations for responsible sourcing are on the rise. Your customers, regulators, partners, investors and staff rightly want to know the who, what, why, where and when of the materials in your supply chain. Meeting those expectations requires global data gathering and incisive analysis.

Our unique understanding

We work with entities all along the supply chain – from artisanal mines to multi-national corporations – and with sustainability standards setting organisations, international thought-leadership bodies and industry associations. This gives us unparalleled insight into the issues surrounding responsible sourcing. We are uniquely placed to conduct robust and actionable research for our clients.

What we offer

Bespoke methodologies, analytics and reports, alongside standardised profiles and indices for quick, actionable intelligence on supply chains, by company, by country, by material and by issue area.

Our standardised products include:

Responsible sourcing indices

We publish the TDi CAHRA Index, which offers an indicative determination of “conflict-affected and high-risk areas” for companies implementing the OECD due diligence guidance on responsible mineral supply chains. We also offer an environmental overlay to this index, for companies wishing to consider a broader set of risks in their supply chain due diligence.

Company profiles

Using custom software to monitor the web for allegations associated with material producing companies, we present structured analyses and clear risk assessments for procurement departments.

Country reports

TDi offers in-depth country reports that weave together open-source information and insights from expert and stakeholder interviews to gauge 13 dimensions of country level risk, including a subnational-level indicative determination of conflict-affected and high-risk areas for companies implementing the OECD due diligence guidance on responsible mineral supply chains.

Materials matrices

At-a-glance comparisons, material by material, of a wide range of sustainability attributes and environmental and social risks in global supply chains.

Material profiles

Detailed overviews of individual materials, including descriptions of key sustainability issues, identification of prominent associated environmental and social risks, and mapping of active civil society advocacy campaigns and relevant responsible sourcing initiatives and voluntary standards.