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SOME OF OUR CLIENTS INCLUDE

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Can Your Business Keep Up With The Regulations?

How do you fulfill your due diligence obligations AND 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.

 Here's What The Full Solution Looks Like

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


 

Bringing you Confidence in your Supply Chains

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

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A scientific approach to wood verification

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

 

DNA ANALYSIS

DNA is extracted and compared to a reference database.
Wood can be 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 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. Concentration of the various isotopes varies in different areas.

Isotope tests identify the ratio of chemicals present. This data can then be compared to a reference database.

 

 
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WOOD ANATOMY

Wood anatomists can determine the genus (or sometimes the species) of wood by examining macro- and microscopic 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 also 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.

Transparency and product traceability

1. A DoubleHelix team was formed, consisting of bilingual staff based in Beijing, supported by team members in Singapore, ensuring good communication with both the Chinese supplier and the Brooks Bros (UK) team. 

2. A desk-based and on-site risk assessment was conducted in China to map out the supply chain and identify any risks.

3 To mitigate risk of higher risk species entering the supply chain, we recommended a customized verification process of document checks for every consignment.

4. Isotope testing was applied on a sample basis to oak components, providing independent, scientific evidence and assurance of Western European origin.

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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DoubleHelix’s Global Network Of Partners

 
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A global solution, locally delivered

  • We operate in over 20 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

  • Our team members speak 10 different languages.

  • In 2018, we verified over 4,100 containers of timber products, shipped to the USA, all over the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

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