To encourage dialogue between actors involved with sustainability initiatives (and the supply chains that they are aimed at influencing), the Research Fund convened the 2020 Supply Chain Sustainability Research and Learning Symposium.

The Symposium provides a chance for researchers to share highlights from their research with those who will translate their findings into action.

Over the course of a three-week arc in June 2020, the symposium will convene curated groups of researchers, NGOs, and private sector leaders to discuss new research findings and identify action-oriented insights that can be applied to real-world supply chain sustainability initiatives and future research.

Through focused discussion and distillation of key insights and actions, the Symposium will provide a window into cross-cutting insights about supply chain sustainability initiatives and the next frontier of research. Check back soon for key findings and insights from the event! In the meantime, to learn more about the Symposium, please contact us.


Below is a video of our Symposium Kick-Off event. Four research teams presented on factors influencing effectiveness of supply chain sustainability initiatives.

Research Teams Presentations:

Supporting smallholder farmers for a sustainable cocoa sector: Exploring the motivations and role of farmers in the effective implementation of supply chain sustainability in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire (34:26-48:40)

Characterizing compliance in cattle supply chains: What factors encourage deforestation-free production in the Brazilian Amazon? (49:30-1:10:15)

Improving the broader effectiveness of zero-deforestation commitments and commodity standards (1:12:12-1:27:50)

The efficacy and value generated from sustainable cotton programs in the United States (1:29:00-1:47:25)


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