Do we need third party responsible sourcing schemes as well as traceability tools?
It is a commonly held belief that third party responsible sourcing schemes provide traceability - in general they don't. Their role is to define what constitutes responsible production and then to provide a market for products that meet that standard. If a given brand already has a responsible raw material strategy and are working with a third party 'responsible sourcing scheme' - why would they want, or need, visibility into the extended supply-chain? The short answer is - the combination of both is more powerful than either approach in isolation.