An increasing number of forward-looking businesses recognize the need to create shared value and not just profit if they are to thrive in the long term.
Tackling climate change, deforestation and other environmental impacts, alleviating farmers’ poverty with a special focus on women, and curbing child labour are some of the issues motivating companies to become actively involved in sustainable food production.
A Collaborative Approach
Also recognizing their growing stake all along the agro-commodity supply chain, companies of all sizes are starting to move away from working in silos. They are acknowledging the value of collaborating with governments and civil society to address the root causes hindering the sustainability of food production. And more and more, businesses are participating in national dialogues and working groups where strategic long-term policy decisions are sought.
The Green Commodities Programme has become a strategic partner to many of these businesses. In the different countries where we work, we enable their participation in National Commodity Platforms. This is critical as it provides companies with insight on and access to policy agendas and perspectives and a way to support, design and implement actions related to agricultural best practices.
Setting Up Public Private Partnerships
We also help to set up partnerships between the private and public sectors, to support the implementation of the national action plans developed by the Platforms. These include for example improving national and regional support systems for farmers and conducting the research necessary to inform and advance policymaking.
Since 2009, GCP has developed significant and meaningful private sector partnerships with national and multi-national companies at the forefront of integrating sustainability into their supply chains and who have ambitions to contribute on a wider scale. For example: