This article discusses how companies and governments are turning to new technologies such as DNA tracking, artificial intelligence, and blockchains to ensure ethical and sustainable sourcing of raw materials in global supply chains. Customers are demanding proof that products are sourced ethically and this is creating new problems for companies. With growing concerns about abuses in global supply chains, new regulations have been put in place requiring companies to prove their goods are made without forced labor or they will face having them seized at the border. The complexity of international supply chains has made it difficult for companies to trace their products’ origins, and new technologies are helping to address this challenge. For example, Applied DNA Sciences uses DNA tags to track the movement of goods, while other companies use blockchain technology to create a digital token for every product produced. Companies are also using databases or artificial intelligence to comb through supplier networks for links to banned entities or detect unusual trade patterns that indicate fraud.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/07/business/economy/ai-tech-dna-supply-chain.html