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The Risk Information Alliance (RIA) brings together organisations with shared interests

The increasing demands for corporate due diligence and responsible business practices, driven by new laws in major commodity markets, have created a complex and costly landscape for companies and sustainability systems. In response to these challenges, companies typically act independently, without collaboration or data sharing, resulting in the duplication of efforts, disproportionate financial capabilities, and higher likelihood of inconsistent findings. 

Addressing these challenges, the Risk Information Alliance (RIA) brings together organisations with shared interests to pool resources, funding, and expertise to facilitate the joint production of credible, high-quality and up-to-date risk data covering diverse commodities, sectors, and geographies. 

The RIA will develop, and pilot test a methodology and set of indicators to ensure consistency in risk assessment development, findings review, and conclusion approval. Furthermore, the RIA will develop and implement a blueprint for a risk data storage platform to enable Members to share and easily access risk data for use within their own systems in a cost-effective way. 

By facilitating cross-sector risk data collaboration, the RIA will empower companies to make better-informed sourcing decisions and sustainability investments, positioning the Alliance as a valuable tool for implementing effective, and impactful due diligence processes in sustainability systems.  

Funding

The RIA benefits from the award of a grant under the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which receives generous support from principal donor, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The ISEAL Innovations Fund supports ISEAL members to join forces in exploring new, ambitious solutions to key sustainability challenges. The grant has been awarded to SBP and Preferred by Nature and covers the two years to the end of 2025. It is matched in-kind by SBP and Preferred by Nature.

Founding Members

Founding Members

Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC

FSC is a non-profit organization that provides a proven sustainable forest management solution. Currently, over 160 million hectares of forest worldwide is certified according to FSC standards. It is widely regarded as the most rigorous forest certification system among NGOs, consumers, and businesses alike to tackle today’s deforestation, climate, and biodiversity challenges. The FSC forest management standard is based on ten core principles designed to address a broad range of environmental, social and economic factors. FSC’s “check tree” label is found on millions of forest-based products and verifies that they are sustainably sourced, from forest to consumer.
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Preferred by Nature

Preferred by Nature is a non-profit organisation working to support better land management and business practices that benefit people, nature and climate in 100+ countries.
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Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a global membership organisation that drives the sustainable transition to a bio-based and circular economy. RSB’s sustainability framework has been developed by its multi-stakeholder membership and is a uniquely robust and credible foundation for supporting innovative solutions to the climate crisis. RSB uses this foundation to develop projects, new knowledge and solutions that equip key decision-makers to deliver positive impacts for people and the planet.
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Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)

SBP is an independent, multi-stakeholder certification scheme initially designed for biomass used in large-scale energy production. We have achieved international recognition as a solution for Biomass Producers, Traders and End-users to demonstrate responsible sourcing practice. As a sourcing standard, we focus on the legality and sustainability aspects and attributes of feedstock used in biomass production. Our unique Data Transfer System tracks woody biomass transactions along the supply chain, collecting and collating data to enable life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions calculations to be made.
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