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pres­i­dent for safety and sus­tain­abil­ity. “The data is very rich and has a lot of depth to it, so it gives us some more science-based ap­proaches to how we think about our sup­ply chain,” she said.

Canopy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Nicole Rycroft founded the or­ga­ni­za­tion to am­plify the in­flu­ence com­pa­nies have over their sup­pli­ers. Funded by phi­lan­thropy and foun­da­tions, Canopy con­ducts sup­ply-chain au­dits for com­pa­nies to help them iden­tify where they’re do­ing busi­ness in places they may not want to.

More than 160 com­pa­nies have pledged to elim­i­nate ma­te­ri­als from en­dan­gered forests; about 750 com­pany “part­ners” have worked with the group on pur­chas­ing prac­tices in nearly two decades. Fash­ion com­pa­nies helped pay for third-party ex­penses in­curred dur­ing the map­ping project for data ex­per­tise and app-de­vel­op­ment, about $70,000.

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