SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND EMPOWERMENT
Introduction to the thematic
The market is increasingly demanding from companies not only sustainable production methods, but also the effective application of ethical standards. COLEACP’s Sustainability Charter states its aim for socially responsible and committed companies, responsible for the well-being of their workers, and concerned about long-term economic and social development. The aim is to ensure fair and decent working conditions for workers and small producers in the supply chain.
We will introduce the diversity of market access strategies available to managers. The agri-food sector has developed a range of voluntary private norms (VPNs) relating to production, manufacturing and distribution methods. We will look at these and their main characteristics, focusing particularly on the main VPNs in the fields of food safety, environment, organic production, sustainable development and fair trade.
In the second part of the course, we will consider the notion of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the competitive advantage of investing in CSR or ethical production. We will learn about some methodological tools to assess the sustainable or ethical performance of a company (ecological footprint, carbon footprint, development indicators). The final part of the course will focus on the marketing of products and how managers can promote their efforts in terms of sustainability and ethics to their customers and consumers.
This course on Respect for the Person and Professional Development currently includes only one route, with two levels. The intermediate level allows you to tackle the subject and to understand the main principles, without going into all the details of implementation. Successful completion of a test will give you access to the advanced level, where you can progress in understanding the subject and address the more practical aspects of implementation