30 Sep '12, 10am

Sustainable value chains - pipedream or reality? With a bit more effort - then maybe reality

Sustainable value chains - pipedream or reality? With a bit more effort - then maybe reality

Gear business models to deliver sustainable livelihoods and shared value . It’s time to rethink financing mechanisms, which means moving, where possible, to long-term contracts with risk reward profiles that promote sustainability, use advance payments to provide much-needed upfront capital and re-gear loan arrangements. It’s also time to focus on market linkages, turning the market from the master to the servant. This is where organisations such as ethical intermediaries, such as Cotton Connect can really be effective. And why the work of bodies such as The Shell Foundation in looking at ways of scaling up such organisations is critical. Finally, in order for business models to work for the whole value chain, the conventional wisdom of the buyer needs to be turned on its head. Focusing on cost alone will never allow sustainability to flourish through value chains. Time to...

Full article: http://www.forumforthefuture.org/blog/sustainable-value-c...

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