International Corporate Partnerships
GCP's national commodity interventions need strong private sector participation to work alongside governments to scale up solutions to the sectors.
At the global level GCP has and is reaching out to partner with initiatives promoting sustainability in commodity sectors including visionary companies interested in tackling sustainability issues in their supply chains through looking beyond certification and purchasing power to address root causes of sustainability.
This has led to partnerships with the global commodity teams of multi-nationals such as Mondelez, IKEA and Johnson & Johnson which have resulted in specific country level partnerships on specific commodities. For example GCP works with Mondelez on cocoa projects in Ghana and Dominican Republic, palm oil in Indonesia and has started planning collaboration on coffee. These partnerships encompass the following:
- The companies are active partners helping shape the design of the interventions, in dialogue with the government counterparts, not just providing funding for a pre-designed project;
- The interventions are beyond farm level best practice and involve the companies in landscape management and contributing to national level enabling environments to address root causes of major issues to their supply chains such as rural development or reducing deforestation;
- The companies are provided the opportunity to work closely and in a trusted manner with the national level counterparts.
These in turn assist the companies with their sustainable sourcing strategies.
Corporate partnerships are also established at the national level where companies participate in the National Commodity Platforms. For example, in Costa Rica the major producers and buyers all participate in the National Pineapple Platform - Walmart, Tesco, Dole, Chiquita and Del Monte.
In addition to these types of engagement we are still exploring new ways to partner with companies to help scale up their best practices and welcome dialogue and partnership with interested companies.
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Collaboration with specific commodity initiatives
GCP has identified and reached out to leading stakeholders and commodity initiatives including the following:
- Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) – there is good and close coordination and cooperation between National Platforms and IDH supply chain programs. There has been extensive coordination in cocoa in Ghana and Ivory Coast. Initial coordination has commenced for coffee in Ethiopia palm in Indonesia and fruit in Costa Rica. As GCP projects become more advanced the interactions and complementarity will become stronger.
- International Trade Centre’s Trade for Sustainable Development programme (ITC’s T4SD) - have been partners for two years resulting from identification of the complementarity between the T4SD tool and GCP’s national support to commodities. The partnership focuses on Colombia and Ivory Coast.
- World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) - is a partner with GCP in cocoa projects in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
- Bilaterals and multilaterals – UK DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), DANIDA, USAID’s TFA (Tropical Forest Alliance), GEF (Global Environment Facility). GCP has been in discussions with UK DEFRA to fund the Indonesia palm project due to its role in reducing deforestation. DANIDA is funding a pilot coffee platform in Ethiopia to help GCP generate experience and lessons for the global effort. GCP is a member of USAID’s Tropical Forest Alliance they have formed to combat deforestation through commodity solutions. GEF is a significant funder of GCP projects including soy in Paraguay and beef in Honduras. This helps make the link between the commodity actions and CBD’s biodiversity conservation goals.
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