Sustainability has never been more in the media than during the last couple of years. Companies, NGOs and initiatives are all working on improving carbon footprint, water usage and sustainable sourcing. Equally companies are very keen to avoid negative involvement in ethical and social issues in the supply chain. Much is being done to make internal and external processes, companies, entire supply chains and sectors more sustainable, responsible and resilient.
In order to create a fair income for all actors in the supply chain, sustainable production and trade systems are essential. For this to happen, long-term collaboration is needed, where all stakeholders in a supply chain work together, even pre-competitively, to improve quality, yield and smallholder farmer livelihood. Long-term collaboration also secures future supplies of commodities, vital for the production of many food and non-food products.