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Agricultural supply chains – cotton, coffee, tea, spices, cocoa, grapes

With expected population of 8.5 billion by 2030, profitable business growth will come with increasing environmental and social externalities. This creates risks to companies, but also opportunities.

Have you considered?

Raw material

Biodiversity, water, land are all affected by climate change (e.g. unpredictable seasons and extended drought periods), but so is your quantity, quality and supply security – have you future proofed your business to take this into account?

Do you know that some of the chemicals used in growing these commodities have an adverse health impact on the people who grow them and also affect the water table, soil and biodiversity around them?

Farming is often a low margin business, especially for smallholders who grow many of the agricultural commodities used in products all over the world. There are pressures on cost and especially on labour conditions.

Processing & Production

Supply chains are complex and without visibility it’s hard to understand and address the risks. 

Have you put policies in place to ensure decent working conditions? Are you able to ensure these policies are complied with along your supply chains all the way to raw material?

Understanding these issues in the supply chain can help you be more proactive in addressing the impact of your products and future-proof your business.

Waste & end of use

Do you know how much waste your products create? Could you design waste out of your supply chains or could your waste be used for other products, in your company or in other companies? 

Do you build into your products and packaging a solution for their end of life, e.g. recycling, re-use, collection and disposal? 

* This is not an exclusive list of questions to consider. 

Externalities that can affect your business

  • Social – working conditions, labour practices, health & safety, equality, living wage (Modern Slavery Act, Child Labour, UN Convention of Human Rights)
  • Environment – water, land, soil, biodiversity, ecosystems, air quality, climate change
  • Business transformation – risk of not adjusting to trends and disruption, as well as aligning people, processes and technology to business strategy
  • Transparency and traceability in the supply chain – without knowing where your raw material is from and who has made your products and where, you won’t be able to define and mitigate risks in your supply chain

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