Progress on gender equality has been largely on a case-by-case or project basis – see examples in Equal Harvest report.
Fairtrade aims to increase the proportion of revenue that goes to the poor farmers by paying higher prices – redistributive approach, but also aims to expand the overall amount of value created through improving production techniques, quality of product and sustainability of production. More and more we have made progress in moving into more sustained Producer Facing initiatives and now making effots to move away from complience into impact Standards
Efforts by business to increase social investments have been big, but would need coordination and structuring. Finding the common ground and leveraging on skills and resources.. Such investments should aim as much as possible on reducing in equalities. We need to consider investments that reduce discrimination in access to work by women, ability for women to access
Behind the Brands Campaign – has forced companies to reconceive the intersection between social justice/society and corporate performance/profit. Companies have sought to develop new skills and knowledge relating to how they can enhance appreciation of societal needs, understanding the basis for company productivity, and ability to collaborate across profit/non-profit boundaries.
Challenges remaining for companies are to find ways to translate principles into practice, getting buy inn from investors and shareholders . There is still need to increase internal awareness-raising and capacity building. Businesses have rarely approached societal issues from a value perspective but have treated them as peripheral matters, obscuring the connections between economic and social concerns. Companies may need to change the approach of eding social complience issues to government and csos.
There is still need to invest in proper and deeper analysis of the the issues in our value chains especially conducting separate gender analysis so that challenges and constraints that specifically reklate to women who carry the most burdarn are not diminished.
Another challenge can also be found in how businesss is still working with private sector. The model has to change to enable and support and not work against improvement of social accountability.
Zahid Torres-Rahman said:
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?