Raw materials have been, are and will continue to be the bedrock of the global economy. The origins of raw materials are becoming increasingly important as the issue of sustainability can have a major influence on people’s decisions to buy products these days. Governments and communities are setting legal parameters. NGOs are taking a critical look at the countries of origin and at the supply chain as a whole. The modern-day consumer gives consideration to product origins and environmental aspects not only when it comes to food, but also increasingly with regard to clothing, electrical goods and the entire area of mobility. The purpose of the CERA innovation project is to deliver verifiable transparency. The first comprehensive certification system for the entire raw materials value chain is being developed here.