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Managing the tourism value chain and developing fair trade is a proactive way to develop sustainable and responsible tourism.  For the purposes of developing sustainable consumption and production, value chain management can be used by tourism businesses help to make the whole sector more sustainable by motivating suppliers and buyers, who jointly make up the supply chain, to implement corporate social responsibility in their organisations as a pre-condition of trading. In such a scenario, each actor has to put their house in order to be part of a global green value chain that reflects fair trade practices. SCP 12 is fully focused on global realisation of sustainable value chains and fair trade development. 

 

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The Roles of Tourism Stakeholders

The essence of value chain management and fair trade is to influence regular business contracting processes to align with the need to address socio-economic inequality, stem the loss of both local produce and biodiversity, support cultural diversity and to take account of sustainability through three important steps: establishing a sustainable supply chain policy and management system; supporting suppliers in reaching sustainability goals; and integrating sustainability criteria into suppliers’ contracts.

Governments

Successful value chain initiatives are helped by support from government bodies and agencies, not only in financial terms, but also in order to provide a supportive context, official recognition and encouragement to these initiatives through important steps: establishing a sustainable supply chain policy and management system; supporting suppliers in reaching sustainability goals; and integrating sustainability criteria into suppliers’ contracts. 

NGOs

NGOs are of vital importance as ‘facilitators’ of sustainable supply chain management. They can help the tourism industry to select and assess sustainable business partners by developing and establishing sustainability standards for different tourism-related activities, assessing the performance of actors in the industry, providing marketing platforms and facilitating business to business matchmaking. 

Research, training, consulting

Research institutes and consultancy firms are often involved in sustainable value chain management and fair trade by contributing to development and validation of the standards and by monitoring and analyzing the nature and progress of value chain management and fair trade in the tourism sector.

Destinations

Destinations often control the external factors that enable local businesses in the value chain to meet sustainability criteria, such as through providing adequate local infrastructure for water and waste management. They can also assist with providing information and linkages between businesses.

Businesses

Private sector businesses, including tour operators and service providers, lie at the heart of sustainable value chain management and fair trade. A joint approach is vital – both horizontally (the collaboration between operators) and vertically (between operators and suppliers), sharing experience of the challenges of integrating sustainability into supplier selection and contracting.

Travellers

Value chain management and fair trade mean that travellers can be clear not only about the sustainable performance of tour operators but also their suppliers. Travelers should play their part in observing, supporting, and providing feedback on the various providers of the products and services they encounter.

 

 

 

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