Actions and Detail Panel
Learning from adapting Commercial practices to enhance lives
Thu 13 October 2016, 15:00 – 16:30 BST
M&S, Flamingo, Traidcraft, Kenyan Human Rights Commission, and Ethical Trading Initiative invite you to hear experience of how commercial practices can be adapted to improve livelihoods of packhouse workers, and smallholder farmers, and the need for complementary activities.
Who the meeting is for: This unique event is for ethical trade colleagues in food retailers, others with expertise in the agricultural sector interested to improve livelihoods at the labour-intensive stages in supply chains.
- The project identified areas where commercial practices needed to change to enable win-wins of improved product availability, consistent & improved quality, better working conditions at the packhouse, and improved livelihoods for farmers. Some of the possible improvements identified were adopted, others trialled and others were not implemented but may be reviewed in future.
- Careful design of initiatives is needed to ensure that further risks are not passed to most vulnerable in supply chains. In addition to supply chain participants’ reviewing how they pass risks & benefits into their supply chains, complementary activities are needed.
- The event will share learning and recommendations coming out of this project for other initiatives which seek to influence livelihoods of workers involved in the labour–intensive stages of perishable supply chains.
- Helen McTaggart, Ethical Trading Manager (Foods) Marks & Spencer Plc
- Martin de la Harpe, Flamingo
- Teresiah Kagori Wangechi, Flamingo Packhouse worker
- Kashara Gitonga, and Ruth Murunga, Small-holder farmers
- Elizabeth Kariuki, Economic and Social Justice Programme manager, Kenyan Human Rights Commission
- Yohannes Tesfamichael, Traidcraft East Africa Director
The meeting will be under Chatham House rules.
Spaces will be limited, so please register by Monday 10th October.
Traidcraft, M&S, Flamingo Horticulture, Kenyan Human Rights Commission, and the Meru & Lewa small-scale farmers have been jointly participating in a project since 2013 to improve the livelihoods of Kenyan small-scale farmers and packhouse workers. The project has been working to
- strengthen the representative structures of workers and farmers so that these groups can be more effective.
- facilitate participants in the supply chain to understand and improve the impacts that their decisions have upon other parts of the supply chain. As a result depot trials have been undertaken for different product specifications, and for final orders to be confirmed earlier.
- influence policies and practices of public authorities, in recognition that there are limits to the voluntary actions that individual companies can take.