Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Connecting businesses along sustainable value chains
This virtual marketplace allows users to share their business and sustainability profiles with buyers, traders, standards organizations, certification bodies, financiers and others. The marketplace creates a better environment for business engagement with value chain partners by enabling farmers, processors and manufacturers to share diagnostic reports with buyers looking to source sustainable products and services.
Users of the Sustainability Network, which include farmers, producers, processors and manufacturers, can benefit from the services of the Sustainability Network by creating basic sustainability profiles. These profiles include information about their business, production and trading activities. User sustainability profiles can be created through multiple entry points:
Users can enhance their basic profile by adding more information about their production and business practices. This could include a statement of existing compliance with any sustainability standards, or a self-assessment of the capacity for future compliance with selected standards.
The self-assessment questionnaire can be completed online from the website, or offline. Once completed, the system informs businesses about their current commitment levels measured against requirements set forth by standards initiatives. It also generates a gap analysis, pointing out the areas where the business may need to improve sustainability practices.
Sustainability Business Profiles are centralized in a secured and private user dashboard. The dashboard enables users to:
Users of the Sustainability Network always have full ownership of their data. The Network operates in a fully secured environment.
Sharing their profile on the Sustainability Network enables producers to link up to traders, international buyers and others in the global value chain that prioritize sustainable sourcing. Those on the demand side of the value chain contact specific businesses based on their Sustainability Business Profiles.
Buyers and retailers access the Sustainability Network to engage with their value chains. They invite existing or potential suppliers and business partners – future Sustainability Network users – to connect in the Sustainability Network. With this functionality, the Network creates an easy-to-navigate environment to exchange information on sustainability practices and, ultimately, to do business.
The Sustainability Network gives buyers, retailers, standards organizations and policymakers access to unique sustainability information and intelligence. Aggregate analytics can be generated focusing on particular product groups or areas by using geographical data. It helps them make decisions tailored to solving various sustainability-related issues and challenges.