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Sustainable Global Supply Chains
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Registration is open: Advancing Sustainability of Critical Supply Chains in Developing Countries
Call for Papers: "Specials" Section in Annual Report
This year, the Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains will publish the second edition of its Annual Report. This year’s report will focus on the (new) role of geopolitics in global supply chains. We invite researchers working in the field of GVCs, international relations, sustainable development and international economics to submit their ideas for an article to be featured as a Special in this year’s AR. The article’s thematic focus must be connected to the theme of the AR – the role of geo-politics in global supply chains – and the overall theme of the Research Network – sustainability in global supply chains.
You can find the Call for Papers here.
Call for papers: The Economics and Governance of Global Value Chains in Africa
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The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), Bonn, Germany is launching its second call for funded papers on the Economics and Governance of Global Value Chains in Africa. This call is part of the Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains project funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). While it is open for individuals and/or organizations based in Africa, young/early career African researchers are particularly encouraged to submit their research proposals.
For more details on the topics, guidelines and important dates, click here.
Virtual Workshop – Global trends in FDI and their implications for inclusive economic development in Africa
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This workshop explores how recent trends affected foreign direct investment (FDI) flows, their impact on inclusive economic development and social cohesion in the partner countries of German development cooperation and how these impacts can be further improved.
The workshop is jointly organized by the OECD and IDOS and will be held virtually on 26 April 2023, 9:30-16:30.
Further information are available here.
From Competition to a Sustainable Raw Materials Diplomacy
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 energy and electric mobility transition, digitalisation and other emerging technologies. Geopolitical developments influence security of supply. China’s central role in mineral supply chains is a major factor of uncertainty in this context. The European Union has set ambitious sustainability targets. Implementing these in complex multi-tier metal supply chains is no easy matter, given the magnitude of environmental and human rights risks. Nevertheless, sustainability should not be sacrificed for security of supply. Instead, the European Union should pursue a strategic raw materials policy that reconciles the demands of both. The two biggest challenges in sustainability governance are: firstly, the diversity of standards and their inconsistent implementation and enforcement; and secondly, power asymmetries and lack of transparency along metal supply chains. A sustainable raw materials policy must seek to reduce dependency through strategic diversification and partnerships with countries that share European values. Transparency-enhancing measures and a regulatory “smart mix” will be decisive elements.Read more ›
Sustainability and global value chains in Africa: Introduction to the Special Issue
The challenges and opportunities facing African organizations reflect a long history of tensions, tragedies, triumphs, and accomplishments in relationships across continental boundaries. For example, Africa has long been a source of critical minerals and other raw materials that are integral to a wide range of global industries, but scholars of management have not integrated an understanding of Africa's role in global commerce fully in research on international exchange. Perhaps most importantly, scholarship in the field of management has not addressed the extensive opportunities for the development of innovative ideas, capabilities, capacities, inventions, and breakthroughs that would be made possible by international investments in human development and human capital on the continent. Resolving African problems and pursuing African opportunity requires renewed commitment by management scholars to this agenda. In this introductory article, we focus particularly on the structure of relationships across continental boundaries through global value chains (GVCs) and the role political and corporate sustainability conversations and initiatives play. We also seek to explore their implications especially for African organizations that simultaneously pursue economic growth and constructive social and environmental impact. We conclude with a framework for further study by management scholars on these important issues.Read more ›
Sustainable Global Supply Chains Report 2022
Global supply chains affect the economy, the environment and social welfare in many ways. Worldwide, economies are experiencing global supply shortages today, affecting key industries such as automotive and consumer electronics as well as vaccine and medical supplies industries. These preoccupy policymakers, who are debating independent national production capacities and restrictions on international trade, but also large companies, which consider reshoring production and abandoning just-in-time procurement. At the same time, the greening of the global economy requires a restructuring of global production to massively decrease its environmental footprint. This creates new supply chain challenges – how to move towards circular economies and how to reorient energy-intensive industries towards renewables and green hydrogen, for example. And let‘s not forget: Consumers are increasingly demanding higher social and environmental standards. Transparency requirements and binding due diligence obligations will in particular affect countries that export raw materials and labour-intensive goods produced under problematic environmental and social conditions. All of this calls for policies that shape global supply chains in accordance with globally agreed social and environmental objectives. Policies along these lines will have to balance the legitimate interests of different countries and they may easily fail to achieve their objectives unless they are firmly grounded in a thorough understanding of the respective structures in supply chains, including the power relations between the actors. Further, the economic, social and environmental effects of alternative policy options need to be well understood. Science can make an important contribution here, especially if it maintains a constant dialogue with politics and society. This is why the international “Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains” was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It currently comprises about 100 internationally leading scientists from all over the world and is jointly coordinated by our four institutes. Its tasks are: To conduct and stimulate research that contributes to making supply chains more sustainable; and to collect and synthesize the best international research on this topic and make it accessible to policy makers and other societal actors. In addition to its own research, the network organises academic conferences and discussions with policymakers, organises a blog and produces podcasts. With this report – the first in a new annual series – we present new research highlights, provide a forum to debate controversial supply chain topics and identify policy-relevant research gaps for the network‘s future work. The report is, at the same time, an invitation to participate in the discussions on how investment, production and trade will be reorganized in a global economy that has to respond to geopolitical challenges.Read more ›