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12.02.2024 | Researcher

Europäische Lieferkettenregulierung nicht aufhalten! Sie ist ein wichtiger Schritt für eine bessere Globalisierung

02.11.2023 | Researcher

Taking advantage of Global Value Chains to spread green energy technologies across countries

30.01.2024 | Researcher

“Sustainable global supply chains in times of geopolitical crises” Annual Report 2023

31.08.2023 | Researcher

Towards a Smart Mix 2.0? Understanding Political Dynamics of Heterogeneity and Integration in Sustainable Supply Chain Governance

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We see supply
chains as key to

Global supply chains are the product of international economic interdependence and the transnational organization of goods and services. As such, they play an integral part in shaping our economies, societies, and our environment.

"The real Competition
is between supply chains, not companies."

Martin Christopher

"Many supply chains are perfectly suited to the
needs that the business had 20 years ago"

MIT Professor Jonathan Byrne

"The line between
disorder and order lies in logistics..."

Sun Tzu


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Global Value Chains, Economic Growth, and Income Inequality: Evidence from Africa

Ibrahim Nana, Martin Paul Jr. Tabe-Ojong

Global value chains offer countries unique opportunities to participate in and benefit from international trade by specializing in specific production stages and tas...

Jurisdictional Approaches to Sustainable Commodity Governance

Kate Macdonald, Rachael Diprose, Janina Grabs, Philip Schleifer, Justin Alger, Bahruddin, Ben Cashore, Paul Cisneros, Deborah Delgado, Rachael Garrett, William Hopkinson

Jurisdictional approaches (JAs) have emerged over the past decade as a significant mode of sustainable commodity governance, particularly in tropical forest countrie...

“Sustainable global supply chains in times of geopolitical crises” Annual Report 2023


The overarching topic of this year's report is "The Role of Geopolitics in Global Supply Chains", highlighting ways in which recent geopolitical and geo-economic dev...

Chinese Firms and Adherence to Global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Standards in Developing Countries: Is there Potential to Create Common Ground?

Mike Morris

This paper focuses on analysing how Chinese firms operate in Latin America, Asia and Africa in regard to ESG (environmental, social and governance) standards and sus...

Are Global Value Chains for Sale? On Business-State Relations in the MENA Region

Nora Aboushady, Chahir Zaki

We use new data on political connections from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys to examine the impact of connections on firms’ participation in global value chains...

Innovation and competitiveness in the copper-mining GVC: developing local suppliers in Peru

Penny Bamber, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Oswaldo Molina

Although Peru is one of the main producers of copper worldwide, the domestic industry has not yet fully taken advantage of the potential that the exploitation of thi...

The Future of European-Chinese Raw Material Supply Chains

Inga Carry, Melanie Müller, Nadine Godehardt

When it comes to being supplied with raw materials, Europe faces a number of chal­lenges. These include the diversification of European supply chains, the implement...

From Competition to a Sustainable Raw Materials Diplomacy

Melanie Müller, Christina Saulich, Meike Schulze, Svenja Schöneich

German and European businesses are highly dependent on metals. Demand for these raw materials is expected to grow even further as they will be needed for the green e...

Local Cocoa Marketing under Pressure: Sustainability certification and new forms of competition in Ghana’s cocoa industry

Franziska Ollendorf, Goodlet Ansah

In the context of persisting sustainability challenges in the Global Cocoa-Chocolate Chain (GCCC), sustainability certification gained momentum as a major industry r...

Geopolitics Of Critical Minerals In Renewable Energy Supply Chains

Antonio Andreoni and Simon Roberts

Addressing the climate change crisis calls for an accelerated deployment of renewableenergy technologies – solar panels and wind turbines – as well as a shift to...

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