The 10YFP and IRP at the WRF2021 on “The Value-Chain Approach: A tool for prioritized action on sustainable production and consumption”
The World Resources Forum 2021 “A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources”, co-hosted by the Ministry for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Ghana, and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment , took place last October 12-14, and involved stakeholders from policy, science, industry and civil society to delve into the most pressing challenges and co-design innovative solutions related to responsible sourcing, effective recovery processes, and circular systems for the use of resources.
On 12th October, the One Planet Network together with the IRP held a workshop entitled “The Value-Chain Approach: A tool for prioritized action on sustainable production and consumption”. The purpose of this event was to present the Value-Chain Approach as an analytical tool to catalyse science-based policy action on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The event engaged high-level panelists from the European Commission, WWF, Centre for Responsible Business in India, UNEP, and IRP to illustrate and discuss the potential of the Value-Chain Approach for different stakeholder groups, such as private sector, civil society and and policy makers, across different sectors and in different areas of society.
You can watch the recorded session of the workshop here:
During their presentations, the panelists brought up various aspects of how this methodology can be useful to different stakeholder groups. Jesus Alquezar, Socio-economic analyst at the European Commission, highlighted how the Value-Chain Approach helps bring clarity to complex issues. At the EU level, this approach is applied through the European Green Deal to tackle the three planetary crises: climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. The value chain approach can help design policies in a systemic manner, making them more efficient in identifying key points of intervention with the biggest impact.
Katharine Tyndall from WWF presented the benefits of applying the Value-Chain Approach to food systems. She talked about how, in the past, WWF focused most of the attention on reaching smallholders (i.e., actors at the initial stages of the food value chain), and how the methodology helped understand the importance of including actors in every stage of the value chain, such as processors, traders, the retailers, and the foodservice industry.
Rijit Sengupta, from the Centre for Responsible Business in India, brought to the discussion the perspective of the private sector. He highlighted how the Value-Chain Approach is a great opportunity for businesses to overcome the Covid crisis by helping them identify risks and providing an inclusive and systemic framework.
The discussion included perspectives on how the Value-Chain Approach provides a practical interface between the science and data on natural resource use and environmental impacts. The dialogue also focused on the actions that stakeholders can take to scale up the implementation of sustainable consumption and production and the 2030 Agenda.
All participants agreed that the Value-Chain Approach is a robust methodology, which, however, requires optic, absorption, and use across all regions and sectors to be implemented at a global level. Therefore, further engagement in strengthening this methodology will be needed. The 10YFP and IRP, in collaboration with other partners and initiatives will continue extending this tool by collecting stories, engaging in cross-regional and sectoral dialogues, and assisting countries and business stakeholders in prioritizing action on sustainable consumption and production.