Friday, 05 July 2013

GSCP and UNIDO launch public-private partnership on capacity building in global supply chains

VIENNA, 5 July 2013 - Members of the Opens external link in new windowGlobal Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), an initiative of the Opens external link in new windowConsumer Goods Forum, met this week at the Vienna headquarters of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation and building the capacity of supply chains.

“Industry plays a paramount role in achieving sustainable development and business partnerships are indispensable,” said Taizo Nishikawa, Deputy to the Director General of UNIDO.

“We recognize that the GSCP is one of the most influential groups of private sector manufacturers and retailers that address social and environmental sustainability of their supply chains. We therefore attach great importance to expanding our cooperation with the GSCP and are committed to making full use of our resources to substantiate this important partnership.”

Nishikawa reiterated the Organization’s commitment to the ongoing GSCP-UNIDO cooperation to develop Opens external link in new windowREAP+, which aims at building capacity within clusters of suppliers in different regions and sectors by focusing on training and mentoring on the social, ethical and environmental aspects while also enhancing productivity.

REAP+ also aims at building sustainable practices worldwide and at increasing market access of small and medium suppliers in global supply chains. The piloting and roll-out of this programme will also be open to companies and initiatives outside of GSCP membership.

The GSCP Executive Board acknowledged that the partnership with UNIDO had a bright future, adding:  “More than ever, the GSCP is confident that this collaboration will significantly contribute to the improvement of working, environmental and economic conditions in the supply chain. We wish to thank UNIDO for its engagement, support and the hospitality demonstrated throughout the meeting.”

Participants at the event also discussed the GSCP’s work on Management Systems handbooks for suppliers, the development of models for environmental stewardship in the supply chain, the uptake of the GSCP tools and benchmarking process by major organizations, and reviewed the Programme’s future strategy.

The GSCP is a business-driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations, mandated to help developing countries achieve sustainable industrial development.

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