Briefing Paper

Catherine Pazderka
  • Leading members of the UK food industry are committed to adopting more ethical sourcing practices and support the view that greater integration of the poor into the agriculture value chain would help to alleviate poverty and enhance development.
  • In practice, however, very few of their current initiatives are oriented towards pro-poor growth, while many attempts to incorporate development through certification schemes are also failing to address core ethical sourcing concerns.
  • To solve this problem, development indicators and principles of fairness and equity need to be integrated into mainstream procurement practices if large-scale pro-poor growth is to be delivered. Such a goal requires businesses to make tough choices in order to align social concerns and commercial considerations by embedding principles of responsibility into their supply chains.
  • To facilitate action governments and donors can also support innovation by providing incentives at the production level to share costs and risks with businesses and by promoting fairer and equitable trading systems.

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