Hi Nicole, this is fantastic! I'd love to know more about the initiative that you are mentioning. CARE has been involved in pre-competitive initiatives in the past, and my specific experience has been around the Cocoa Action Plan of the WCF at international level but also some great coordination forum at national level like in Cote d'Ivoire with the CCC (Conseil du Café et Cacao). These spaces are not aligned yet to the SDGs agenda and pushing it could be a worthwhile effort.
Nicole Carta said:
Great comment Gianluca, fully agree and would also underline the importance of working among sector peers to see how industries as a whole can coordinate to achieve greater results, faster. This is still new for many industries but there are certainly good models and examples of working among traditional competitors in a pre-competitive way to align efforts. A new launch will occur this month for agribusiness value chain actors - upstream -to mirror the consumer goods forum, called the Global Agri-Business alliance, co-launched by Olam and WBCSD.
Gianluca Nardi said:
Thank you Zahid for your question,
Defining a smart set of indicators that feed into the SDGs targets will be a key determinant of successful projects. Ideally, the indicators should also be effectively used internally and externally to monitor the progress, to learn and to make managerial decisions following what was learned.
The indicators should also measure not only the numbers of the impacts but also the systemic changes that it is causing, the changes in the rules of the game, in the public policies and in the corporate behaviours.
Tracking the changes that are happening within the same companies would have a huge value in terms of tracking how companies are addressing issues at a deeper level that involves their business.
Zahid Torres-Rahman said:
Thanks for the great discussion. Let's move on to our final question:
Q3: How can business best measure and communicate its contribution to the SDGs in the smallholder supply chain context?