The Sustainability Community or SustainabilityXchange, facilitates interaction among upstream value chain operators and technical assistance providers. This module of Sustainability Map helps improve performance and increase participation of producers from developing countries and emerging markets in certified sustainable trade. This free platform was implemented with a range of partners to exchange information, resources and experiences
A great number of companies and public institutions have made commitments to increase the purchase of sustainable products in the near future. Unilever, for example, has announced to purchase all agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, Mars committed to use 100% sustainable cocoa by 2020 and all cotton in IKEA products will come from sustainable sources by 2015. On the public side, all soy used in the Netherlands must be RTRS certified by 2015 and bio-fuels used in the EU have to comply with one out of seven sustainability standards if these are to receive government support or count towards mandatory national renewable energy targets.
While these are only selected examples, they indicate that supplier competitiveness will depend on whether companies in global value chains are able to meet sustainability related requirements. Suppliers, particularly small and medium sized companies face considerable challenges as they will have to change production and processing practices, implement monitoring systems and improve traceability, among other things. These upgrades require know how, investments and new equipment and suppliers need support in meeting these new challenges.
The Sustainability Community facilitates access to this support in providing:
The primary target group of the Community Module are local service providers such as business development services, trainers, trade promotion organizations, businesses, consultants and NGOs that facilitate the development of sustainable supply chains.
The SustainabilityXchange project implementation consortium is made of the International Trade Centre (ITC), HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services and Fair Access to Quality (FAQ).
To contribute, learn and promote your services, visit www.SustainabilityXchange.info.