Publisher: Quality Council of India

Editors:

Dr. Manish Pande- manish.pande@qcin.org

Rudraneel Chattopadhyay- rudraneel@qcin.org

Rupal Verma- rupal.verma@qcin.org

Tannya Garg- tannya.garg@qcin.org

This Handbook on Good Practices for Sustainable Value Chains is an initiative of the India Private Sustainability Standards Platform, established under Quality Council of India. It has collected stories of some corporations that have taken the leap to establish sustainable value chains and reaped the benefits that come along with it. This is the launch edition and it talks about initiatives of sustainable procurement policies, stakeholder awareness campaigns, capacity development of producers, multi-stakeholder initiatives for smallholder development, recycling initiatives, and many more initiatives by corporations to enhance the reach and scope of their efforts to achieve sustainability objectives in their operations

Each case study in this publication is organized in terms of different sections – Background that gives the reader some context for the story, The Initiative which broadly talks about the sustainability initiative, The Good Practice detailing the unique steps that the corporation took that helped the initiative be a success, The Impact stating the quantitative as well as qualitative impacts that the corporation observed, Learning which summarises the lessons that the corporation learned through the initiative, and Replicability and Scalability providing the possible action points for other corporationsthat may wish to replicate the good practice into their own value chain.

Contributors of this Handbook are our partners at Ambuja Cement, Anugraha Fashion Mills, Johnson & Johnson, IKEA, Nestle, and Tetra Pak; Mr. Rakesh Kumar, ED, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, Mr. Sumit Gupta from Global Organic Textile Standard, Mr. Kamal Prakash Seth from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Mr. Sam Cagenello and Ms. Stephanie Wilson from Social Accountability Initiative, and Ms. Yasmin Zaveri Roy and Ms. Josa Kärre from Embassy of Sweden. They have played a pivotal role in sourcing case studies from their stakeholders.

This initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance of Mr. Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Quality Council of India, Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, President, Steering Council, INPPSS, and former Deputy DP, WTO, and Dr. R. P. Singh, Secretary General, Quality Council of India.

Through these case studies, we wish the readers to observe how a corporation’s efforts towards sustainability have helped them achieve the level of efficiency and expertise that they otherwise wouldn’t have achieved. These stories can change the perspective on the possibility and benefits of achieving greater sustainability. Such good practices could expand the scope and capability of replicating them in diverse value chains and create larger commercial opportunities in the future.