Harnessing Value Chains for the SDGs: How Far Have We Come, and What Next to Deepen Scale and Impact?

Businesses, by harnessing their value chains, can be powerful drivers of social, economic and environmental progress and, consequently, can play a critical role in achieving many of the draft SDGs, most notably: Goal 1: ending poverty, Goal 2 ending hunger, Goal 5: achieving women economic empowerment and gender equality, Goal 8: promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, Goal 12: ensuring sustainable production and consumption patterns, Goal 13: taking urgent actions to combat climate change and its impacts, and Goal 15: protecting terrestrial ecosystems.  

A growing number of companies are actively integrating social, environmental and economic improvements in to core business operations and their value chains, working with certification schemes like Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance, and through sector and issue specific focused platforms and initiatives.

As the world starts to gear up to adopt and deliver the SDGs, this online discussion will draw on the perspectives of leading businesses, civil society organisations and development agencies, to take stock of where progress is being made to harness value chains for social, environmental and economic impact.  Contributors will consider how to build on progress to deepen impact and increase scale, and identify key enablers and barriers for business including governance and regulatory environments, and how to strengthen them.

Key questions to be addressed are:

  1. Where has the most progress been made in harnessing value chains for social and environmental impact, and where do the challenges remain for companies looking to translate principles in to practice?
  2. What are we learning about the key enablers for business seeking to improve their ESG performance, including the role of good governance and regulatory environments?
  3. How can businesses and development partners collaborate more effectively to take ESG performance to the next level of scale and impact, including the reporting of impact?

 

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Capacity building should be given top priority. It is the old argument "Teach him /her how to fish to stop him/her await your hand-out" The only we can overcome poverty is when configure efforts to teach every young man & women how to earn bread.      

Starting Community Conversations on the SDG's with children as the agents of change (seen here in the Conceptual Eyes "Chatterboxes") 

Welcome to this live chat about harnessing value chains for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We're joined by a great panel to help us explore how far we have come, and what's needed to deepen scale and impact.

In terms of the format for this one hour live session, we will work our way through the three questions set out in the introduction above.   Click reply under a question or comment to add your thoughts.  And please do feel free to put your own questions to our panel by typing in the comments box above. (You'll need to sign in or sign up to do this).

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Before we begin, I'd like to ask each our our panellists to introduce themselves.

The potential for achieving #SDGs through value chains is enormous but requires a complete re-engineering of business models by most corporates. Businesses should stop looking at low income populations as vulnerable populations only capable of receiving CSR donations but as capable people who lack opportunity. As such, they should structure their business models to accommodate the poor as either producers or consumers. In some cases additional investments may be required but the paradigm shift is important to end poverty and hunger among other #SDGs. The impact potential for inclusive business models has been demonstrate through financial inclusion in Kenya. 

Hi Stuart Coupe here from Hand in Hand International,  looking forward to the discussion and getting feedback on the challenges raised in my colleague Graham Stegmann's blog

Thanks Zahid. This is Francis West at Unicef UK. I'm our Head of Private Sector Policy & Advocacy. My work focuses on supporting companies to implement the Children's Rights & Business Principles, which bring a child's lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. Looking forward to this.

Zahid Torres-Rahman said:

Welcome to this live chat about harnessing value chains for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We're joined by a great panel to help us explore how far we have come, and what's needed to deepen scale and impact.

In terms of the format for this one hour live session, we will work our way through the three questions set out in the introduction above.   Click reply under a question or comment to add your thoughts.  And please do feel free to put your own questions to our panel by typing in the comments box above. (You'll need to sign in or sign up to do this).

You'll see a feed of comments in the right hand column of this page, with a notification of new messages appearing regularly at the top.  Click refresh in our browser, or via the link in the introduction, to display all the new comments, in time order, below.

Before we begin, I'd like to ask each our our panellists to introduce themselves.

What lesson were learned from the Millennium Development?

Hello, Penny Fowler here from Oxfam GB's Private Sector Team. Looking forward to today's discussion.

My name is Tsitsi Choruma, The Senior Gender Advisor for Fairtrade International. Past experience icludes working with International Organisations that include, World Vision, Action Aid InterNational, Oxfam, Progressio. A proponent of gender, and believer of women's potential. I also believe if all sectors, Pvt, Government and CSOs can work together, more effective solustions can be found.



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Zahid Torres-Rahman said:

Welcome to this live chat about harnessing value chains for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We're joined by a great panel to help us explore how far we have come, and what's needed to deepen scale and impact.

In terms of the format for this one hour live session, we will work our way through the three questions set out in the introduction above.   Click reply under a question or comment to add your thoughts.  And please do feel free to put your own questions to our panel by typing in the comments box above. (You'll need to sign in or sign up to do this).

You'll see a feed of comments in the right hand column of this page, with a notification of new messages appearing regularly at the top.  Click refresh in our browser, or via the link in the introduction, to display all the new comments, in time order, below.

Before we begin, I'd like to ask each our our panellists to introduce themselves.

Hi

It's Alison Ward here from CottonConnect - looking forward to joining the discussion today.

Just in Delhi with my team where we have been talking about how we encourage more brands and retailers to engage with cotton communities here in India.

Alison

Let's start with the first question:

Question 1: Where has the most progress been made in harnessing value chains for social and environmental impact, and where do the challenges remain for companies looking to translate principles in to practice?

Hello everybody -Abdi Ismail From ISTAG cic - Invest Somali Social Enterprise. Please seem y above question!!

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