Is sustainability governance abetting inequality? Reflections on power in South African wine and seafood value chains
|Starts:||10:30 12 Jul 2022|
|Ends:||12:00 12 Jul 2022|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||Global Development Institute|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
Private and public governance instruments seeking to ensure sustainability in agro-food value chains have become ubiquitous in the past three decades. Virtually all major retailers, agro-food processors and international commodity traders have been involved in one or another sustainability initiative or multistakeholder engagement. Existing research on sustainability governance has shown that ‘improved’ processes and practices often do not actually yield positive environmental and/or labour outcomes, and a wealth of theoretical and policy reflections have been formulated to address these shortcomings. However, much less is known on how different forms of power affect various aspects of inequality in value chains and how sustainability governance may shape these dynamics. We address these issues by drawing on an ongoing research project on power and inequality in the wine and seafood value chains originating in South Africa – in view of reflecting theoretically on how power is yielded in value chains and with what results for disadvantaged actors.
This event will be hybrid. Join us online or in-person (Kilburn_TH 1.3).
Role: Professor and Director of the Centre for Business and Development Studies
Organisation: Copenhagen Business School
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