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TrusTrace secures additional $24 million in funding

More than a billion products have now been tracked through the platform, as a business-critical solution for supply chain traceability.

22nd January 2024

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Stockholm, Sweden

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Stockholm-headquartered product traceability and compliance platform TrusTrace has completed a  $24 million growth investment round led by Circularity Capital, a specialist investor in businesses that enable the circular economy, with participation from existing investors Industrifonden and Fairpoint Capital.

According to Shameek Ghosh, CEO and co-founder of TrusTrace, the new investment will enable the company to further accelerate its global expansion ambitions by strengthening its presence in key markets, deepening product innovation and expanding collaborations.

 “A growing number of fashion and textile brands are adopting traceability to support their sustainability goals and ensure competitiveness in the face of mounting regulations and consumer pressure,” he said. “The completion of this new growth investment is proof that traceability lies at the core of sustainable transformation. Backed by the new funding, TrusTrace will continue to be the fashion industry’s trusted partner for discovering and managing supply chain risk, ensuring compliance and driving true sustainability across all value chains.”

Traceability has accelerated in importance and momentum as a key enabler of sustainable transformation, as evidenced by the company’s five-fold growth in subscription revenue in the 27 months since the previous growth round by Fairpoint Capital and Industrifonden in 2021, which was preceded by seed funding from Backing Minds in 2019.

The company is widely considered the preferred supply chain partner for global fashion brands seeking to drive sustainable change, manage ESG risks and ensure compliance across their highly complex supply chains. Notable TrusTrace customers include adidas, Asics, Brooks Running, Tapestry, and many more of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and luxury brands. TrusTrace also plans to offer its services to regional and mid-size brands in 2024.

 “We are delighted to be partnering with Circularity Capital for the next phase of our growth,” Ghosh said. “The combination of their specialist expertise in the circular economy and powerful international network makes them a strong value-added investor for us,”

“We see a growing number of global fashion brands looking to transition away from today’s linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model of production and consumption to one that is more sustainable and equitable,” added Anders Brejner, investment director at Circularity Capital. “We believe this is only possible at scale with the right digital backbone to provide transparency and traceability across complex global supply chains. TrusTrace is a clear leader in this field, with an excellent team, solution and blue-chip client base – and a great fit with our strategy to back global leaders enabling the circular economy. We are excited to be supporting TrusTrace as it continues to expand worldwide.”

With more than a billion products now tracked through the platform, TrusTrace has established itself as a business-critical solution for supply chain traceability. It empowers brands with verified data in real-time, as materials and finished goods move through the supply chain. It also integrates seamlessly with retailer, manufacturer and supplier systems, as well as other third-parties, such as certification agencies, lifecycle datasets and other sustainability solution providers.

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