Role of Multi-Stakeholder-Partnerships for Achieving a Higher Degree of Sustainability in Cross-Border Agri-Food Supply Chains
Julia Reimers1, Christine Wieck2
1University of Hohenheim, Dept. Agricultural and Food Policy, Germany
The UN Global Compact Network Germany defines sustainability in supply chains as the management of ecological, social and economic effects and the promotion of good corporate governance over the entire life cycle of products and services. However, how sustainability is to be implemented and interpreted in agricultural supply chains in practice is controversial, not least against the background of the currently discussed German “Supply Chain Act”. The promotion of multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSP) to promote cooperation between all actors in a supply chain from production, trade and industry as well as representatives from politics, civil society and research seems reasonable and is increasingly being promoted, also within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG. Nevertheless, the effects that can be achieved through MSP for different supply chains have so far hardly been scientifically researched.
Keywords: Agri-food policy, MSP, network analysis, standards, sustainability
Contact Address: Julia Reimers, University of Hohenheim, Dept. Agricultural and Food Policy, Stuttgart, Germany, e-mail: j.reimersuni-hohenheim.de