Each year we will hold a strategic meeting of network members at ‘La Bergerie de Villarceaux’ near Paris, with the aim of exchanging experiences and strategies for rethinking and transforming value chains (in particular banana, textile, electronics and mining) and defining the priorities for our joint activities. The report from previous seminar, January 2018, can be found here.
The collective has been active in the development of a new study on ‘The sustainability of the coffee value chain’ to be launched on International Coffee Day, October 1st 2018. The study highlights the current social and environmental costs of the global coffee industry and provides key recommendations for sectoral change, and will provide input for mobilisation and advocacy around wider value chains issues.
The launch of a 'Think-Tank' for the open sharing, between practitioners and academics, of skills, knowledge and expertise on value chains, including:
Case studies by sector / industry with an initial focus on bananas, textiles, electronics and minerals, to be developed in collaborations with master students in France and the UK. An outline of the case study content can be found here
Tracking information on emerging trends in value chains
Develop online reviews and share existing publications, research results, etc., around the themes of the network;
Develop educational material for future managers and decision-makers (students in business/management/economics schools)
Organise workshops on specific themed questions linked to the reconfigurations of value chains.
The launch of a public campaign in late 2019 to mobilise public opinion and make consumers aware of the need for binding regulation, fair and sustainable trade, economic alternatives and global action on climatic change. This will involve a potential collaboration with the S2B Seattle to Brussels network campaign to ‘Stop ISDS and end corporate impunity’ in 2019