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Building responsible value chains for tropical fruits: join a network that drives positive change!

The tropical fruits sector has grown dramatically in recent decades. Today, tropical fruits are a part of a healthy diet for many people. Still, the sector faces serious sustainability challenges, which are only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic

As companies struggle with the uncertainties and effects of the ongoing crisis, responding quickly to immediate concerns can take precedence over dealing with longer-term sustainability issues. However, responsible business conduct and due diligence can improve the operational ability and financial viability of businesses in the short-term while building long-term value.

While many companies apply principles of responsible business conduct, sustainability risks are beyond the control of any sole actor. More coordination and cooperation are needed. With this in mind, FAO is leading the project Building responsible global value chains for the sustainable production and trade of tropical fruits with financial support from the Government of Germany.

The project focuses on the value chains of avocados and pineapples. Participation is open to companies and business associations involved in these value chains. Commercial confidentiality is strictly protected.

Benefits of joining

Participants will have the opportunity to help define shared expectations about sustainability performance in the tropical fruit sector.

The project will provide a safe space for businesses to discuss sustainability challenges and ways to overcome them.

The project will capitalize on FAO’s experience in leading the implementation of the CFS Principles for responsible investment in agriculture and food systems and the OECD-FAO Guidance for responsible agricultural supply chains  including a pilot project that involved leading agribusinesses and industry initiatives.

Businesses that implement internationally endorsed standards will be well-positioned to deal with shocks, address concerns of governments and civil society and pre-empt potential consumer backlash associated with unsustainable production and trade.

Applying internationally endorsed guidance instruments also help businesses to contribute to many of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Interested in joining the project or learning more? Please contact us:

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Markets and Trade Division 
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations