Supply chains around the world are the arteries of global commerce, enabling trade flows worth tens of trillions annually in merchandise and services trade alone.
These complex ecosystems engage the smallest micro-enterprise to the largest multinational.
They often involve or depend on the contributions of international institutions and governments around the world and are the source of large investment flows and economic value-creation around the globe.
Ensuring social and environmental integrity among suppliers and subcontractors is now increasingly seen as part of a global corporation’s responsibility.
In addition, sustainability aspects of supply chain management are increasingly seen as integral to businesses as a strategic opportunity, efficiency, commercial agility, brand and risk management – for example, the potential impact of reputational damage due to a sustainability failure.
The issues and impacts of sustainable supply chains across the full supply chain spectrum is not widely understood in depth. To fully understand the depth of these issues, challenges, barriers and risks comprehensive research needs to be undertaken.
The case for a certification standard in value chain integrity: 2020
In the last decade we have already started to see the rise in the impact consumers are having on large multinationals as consumers are become more conscientious in the types of food they buy or the products they align themselves with.
This has been fuelled even further by the growth in Social Media and online sharing.
The effect of social media influence over purchase decisions is a powerful one. Consumers who include social media as part of their shopping process are four times more likely to spend more money on purchases. They’re also 29 per cent more likely to make a purchase on the same day when using social media to make purchase decisions.
What will drive value chain integrity going forward
GTPA is very aware that consumers are increasingly concerned about issues such as Health & Wellness, Safety, Corporate citizenship, Transparency,
Environmental impact, Social impact and new trends and innovative disruptors.
The value of certification is a degree of confidence and trust that others may gain form an impartial demonstration that a business’s processes
fulfil those specified requirements.
Additionally, the GTPA is keenly aware of the growing importance of trade regulation and compliance within supply chain management. GTPA is keen
to hear from other experts in this space as we look towards expanding international standard around value chain integrity.
Our goal is to bring people together to:
- build professional capabilities in trade
- elevate the profile of trade
- advocate the benefits and opportunities of trade
- facilitate networking
- improve the performance and success of companies in global trade
- boost the efficiency of trade processes.
Featured GTPA Member
Ziyaad Ebrahim, GTP
Ziyaad has close to fifteen years of experience in international trade and development.He joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) after serving 12 years in various positions within the Government of Seychelles, where he comes from.
During his time in the Government of Seychelles, he was directly involved in trade, investment and general economic policy formulation and implementation.He also has experience on WTO accession and was involved in FTA negotiations with the European Union and within the Eastern and Southern African region. He has also worked with international organisations such as the IMF, World Bank and the African Development Bank on Structural Adjustment Programmes, private sector and MSME development initiatives including gender empowerment projects.
In his current role with the WTO, he coordinates the work of the WTO LDC Group in the ongoing trade negotiations.He also monitors and assists LDC participation in specific areas of the negotiations which include Special and Differential Treatment (S&DT), fisheries subsidies, trade facilitation and LDC accession negotiations.
He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of French.
Ziyaad was one of the first people globally to be certified as a Global Trade Professional in the area of Trade Management.