Intersectoral partnerships for a sustainable coffee chain: Really addressing sustainability or just picking (coffee) cherries?

Verena Bitzer*, Mara Francken, Pieter Glasbergen

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    Abstract

    In recent years intersectoral partnerships for sustainable development have been on the rise in many global commodity chains. Taking the coffee chain as an example, we explore the role of partnerships with the help of Global Commodity Chain analysis and Convention Theory. By means of production standards, partnerships are able to influence sustainability challenges at the production level. However, these partnerships show an imbalance in actor involvement, compete with each other and mainly create a parallel production integrated into the conventional chain. While being important initiators of change, partnerships are unable to turn the coffee chain into a sustainable chain. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)271-284
    Number of pages14
    JournalGlobal Environmental Change
    Volume18
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2008

    Keywords

    • partnerships
    • coffee chain
    • sustainability challenges
    • governance
    • FAIR-TRADE
    • COMMODITY CHAIN
    • ETHICAL TRADE
    • QUALITY
    • GOVERNANCE
    • CERTIFICATION
    • CONVENTIONS
    • NETWORKS
    • SECTOR
    • INITIATIVES

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