About the Partners and Supporters of this Guide

This publication is the result of collaboration between the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the CSL learning platform of IMD’s Global Center for Sustainability Leadership (IMD-CSL), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). Supporters are Business Social Responsibility (BSR), the Sedex Information Exchange (Sedex) and the Sustainable Food Laboratory (SFL).

  • SAI Platform is the global food value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture. The group counts nearly 80 members, who share the same view of sustainable agriculture as “a productive, competitive and efficient way to produce agricultural products, while at the same time protecting the natural environment and socio-economic conditions of local communities”. Products and services include guidelines, tools and training material for the implementation of sustainable agriculture at farm level and sustainable sourcing throughout the supply chain.

  • IMD is a world renowned business school that is 100% focused on real-world executive development, with a practical, problem solving approach to create value and impact for its clients. The learning platform of IMD’s Global Center for Sustainability Leadership (IMD-CSL) is membership and partner driven, so that research and thought leadership in sustainability remain anchored in business realities. The main mission of IMD-CSL is to develop leaders who will go on to address present and future challenges and opportunities so that future generations can enjoy better options than those available today. IMD-CSL does this by developing and sharing cutting edge research on sustainability leadership, engaging business and other stakeholders in developing new approaches to business strategy, and by sharing knowledge and experience through the CSL Learning Platform.

  • ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. As the development partner for small business export success, ITC’s goal is to help developing and transition countries achieve sustainable human development through exports. ITC partners with trade support institutions to deliver integrated solutions for “Export Impact for Good”. ITC services are delivered through five complementary business services: business and trade policy, export strategy, strengthening trade support institutions, trade intelligence and exporter competitiveness. Through strategic development and capacity building based on these business services, ITC connects opportunities to markets. As a result, ITC achieves long-term, tangible benefits at both national and community levels.

  • The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) is a public private partnership that accelerates and up-scales sustainable trade by building impact oriented coalitions of front-running multinationals, civil society organisations, governments and other stakeholders. Through convening public and private interests, strengths and knowledge, IDH programs help create shared value for all partners. This will help make sustainability the new norm and will deliver impact on the Millennium Development goals. IDH develops and disseminates innovative strategies for transformative supply chain models that address tough global social and environmental challenges.

  • BSR works with its global network of nearly 300 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From offices in Europe, Asia, North and South America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research and cross-sector collaboration. Specifically across the food, beverage and agriculture value chain, BSR focuses on integrating corporate responsibility into core business strategies by applying well-tested approaches to materiality, stakeholder relations, and supply chain management to produce tangible results.

  • Sedex Information Exchange is a unique and innovative online platform, helping companies to manage ethical supply chain risk and streamline the challenging process of engaging with multi-tier supply chains. As the largest collaborative platform for managing ethical supply chain data, Sedex engages with all tiers of the supply chain with the aim of driving improvements and convergence in responsible business practices. Sedex members can share and manage CSR information, access a range of resources and reports, including leading risk analysis tools, developed with global risk experts Maplecroft.

  • The Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) is a consortium of business, non-profit and public organisations aiming to accelerate the shift toward sustainability. SFL facilitates the development of market-based solutions to key issues – including climate, soil, poverty, nutrition and water – that are necessary for a healthy and sustainable food system in a growing world. SFL uses collaborative learning to incubate innovation at every stage along the supply chain from producing to distributing and selling food. Areas of work include Sustainable Livelihoods in Global Value Chains, Sustainability Metrics, the Cool Farm Institute and Leadership Development.

About the Authors

  • Dr Reinier de Man (1948, MSc in Chemistry, PhD in Social Sciences) set up his own consultancy company in 1987 after working in different academic institutes. In the 1990s, he developed methodologies for sustainable supply chain management which he applied in organising sustainable supply chains for international companies, especially in the forestry/timber and cotton/textile sectors. Between 2001 and 2003, he assisted WWF International and business partners to design and set up the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). His advisory work for international private sector companies and global non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is on major internationally-traded commodities, both from agriculture and mining. Social aspects and human rights issues are becoming increasingly important. E-Mail: reinier.de.man@rdeman.nl

  • Dr Aileen Ionescu-Somers (BA, MA, H. Dip. Ed. and PhD Commerce from NUI-National University of Ireland, MSc in Environmental Management from Imperial College London, UK) directs the Learning Platform at the Global Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) at IMD business school in Switzerland. She has led large-scale research projects on building and rolling out business cases for sustainability, corporate stakeholders and sustainability partnerships, and has published many resulting prize-winning articles and books. She has facilitated multiple stakeholder dialogues and strategic planning exercises and sits on several sustainability councils and advisory boards. Before joining IMD, Dr Ionescu-Somers worked for 12 years with the WWF, first in project management for the Latin America, Caribbean and African regions and then as head of international project operations, overseeing government and private donor financing as well as operations of field. E-Mail: Aileen.Ionescu-Somers@imd.org