"Over the course of a long-term partnership with DoubleHelix,

Simmonds has won major sales opportunities in the highly competitive Australian market for outdoor decking. We’ve been able to generate trust and credibility through DoubleHelix services that show beyond doubt that we only source from well managed, legal forest concessions.”

- Simmonds Group, Australia

 

Some Of Our Clients Include 

 Can Your Business Keep Up With The Regulations?

How do you fulfill your due diligence obligations AND grow your business?

 
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Due Diligence System

Do you know the first step to setting up an effective due diligence system?

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Assess Supplier Risk

The regulations don't always specify how to do this - can you ensure compliance from each supplier?

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Know Local Regulations

You need to know the regulations in each country of harvest and production...

 
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Mitigate Risk

Once you’ve identified risks, what is the best way to mitigate them - continuously?

 
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Present Evidence

What’s the best way to present evidence of due diligence to authorities? How much is enough?

 
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Verify Documents

Which specific documents and records need to be verified... and translated!

 
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Maintain Relationships

How do you use this process to strengthen relationships with your suppliers, rather than hurting them?

 
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Store & Manage Data

Accessibility and organisation of supply chain data is fundamental to good due diligence.

 
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AND Keep Growing

Can you benefit from due diligence whilst managing compliance cost to grow your business?

 

But I Can Just Do It On My Own... Right?

The regulations don’t provide you with a checklist of how to guarantee compliance. 

You’ll need to manage the complexity of the legal requirements across the many countries you’re sourcing your materials from. This creates uncertainty and stress.

It means you have to collect a ton of evidence to demonstrate compliance across all of your supply chains. Even then, you can’t be entirely sure... 

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That's Why We Created Nature's Barcode™

A full service solution to demonstrate best-practice due diligence.

Delivered by an independent entity that works to protect you and your supplier relationships.

Flexibility to buy from responsible sources like local communities and farmers, that can't afford certification.

Marketing support to communicate the unique, positive story of your products.

Affordable pay-as-you-go model, to manage compliance costs.

Bringing you Confidence

in your Supply Chains

Due diligence regulations currently apply to importers in the following countries:

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 Here's What The Full Solution Looks Like

This is how your business could navigate the uncertain terrain...

 
 
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1. Assess

Understand the new regulations you are subject to

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2. Go Local

Understand the legal requirements in the countries you source from

 
 
 
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3. Mitigate

Adequately address and mitigate any risks that are found 

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4. Monitor

Continually monitor effective risk mitigation 

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5. Document Everything

Have evidence of Due Diligence available for your next compliance audit

 

Here's The Science Behind It

A scientific approach provides unrivaled assurance of product claims, and demonstrates best-practice due diligence.

 
 
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DNA ANALYSIS

DNA can be extracted from timber products and tested for:

1. Barcoding - to determine species

2. Phylogeography - to identify country or region of origin

3. Fingerprinting - to match wood back to individual trees
DNA is extracted and compared to a reference database. In the case of fingerprinting, DNA from product is compared with DNA taken from log or stump.

 
 
 
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STABLE ISOTOPES

Trees absorb different levels of chemical isotopes from the air, water and soil depending on the geographic location.
Isotope tests identify the ratio of chemicals present which are then assessed against a known database.

 
 
 
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WOOD ANATOMY

Wood anatomists can determine the genus or sometimes the species of wood by examining features in the wood's structure. In cases where a species or genus is endemic to a particular geographic location, a determination of origin can be made.

 

Case Study - Brooks Bros, UK

One of the UK's leading suppliers of timber products, Brooks Bros (UK) Ltd, wanted to provide unambiguous assurance of Western European origin and legality for their oak flooring products sourced from China. They also wanted to clearly communicate their market-leading actions to their customers and stakeholders.

Supply Chain Transparency
AND Product Traceability

1. DoubleHelix started with a desk-based and on-site risk assessment to map out the supply chain and identify any risks.

2. We used a local, bilingual team based in Beijing, supported by staff in Singapore to ensure good communication with both the Chinese supplier and the Brooks Bros (UK) team. 

3. To mitigate risk of non-European oak entering the supply chain, isotope testing is now applied to provide independent, scientific evidence and assurance of Western European origin.

4. Based on knowledge of local Chinese regulations, we ensure compliance with manufacturing and export regulations through a customized verification process of document checks for every consignment.

5. Every step of risk assessment, risk mitigation and supplier engagement is carefully documented so that evidence of due diligence is always available, integrated into the Brooks Bros’ existing Due Diligence System.

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Our Associations and Partnerships

We're Serious About Transparency.

In 2018, we verified 4,100 containers of product

We operate in 22 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas

We work in 10 different languages

Start Building Trust Today.

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