Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains

  • The aim of the research network is to contribute to the sustainability of global supply chains through research. It initiates new research, pools the expertise of leading scientists around the world and makes new findings accessible for political decision-makers and other stakeholders. The network is hosted by a consortium of the German Development Institute (DIE), the GIGA, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).
    BMZ, 2020-2022


    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Leitung FSP 3

    Dr. Stefan Pahl



    - How can and should global value chains be designed to achieve sustainability?
    - How can standards and due diligence be agreed upon and turned into binding commitments in a transnational framework?
    - What effects do sustainabilty standards have on trade and investment flows, on income levels and distribution, on the environment, on participation, on human rights, etc.?

    Beitrag zu internationaler Forschung

    A large part of global value creation takes place in global supply chains. These are characterized by specialization of firms in multiple countries in distinct production stages and by their inter-firm relations. Global supply chains affect economies, societies and the environment in many ways. Whether they comply with labour, human rights and environmental standards and to what extent technologies and profits are shared depends on lead firms, but also government regulation and involvement of other stakeholders.

    Forschungsdesign und Methoden

    Designing and governing global supply chains in a sustainable way thus requires a detailed understanding of their structures and involves actors as well as policies affecting them.


    Sustainability in Global Value Chains

    Kooperationsveranstaltung 06.12.2021 - 07.12.2021 Organisation: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel Centre for Globalization, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik

    Policy brief | 09.2021

    Multilateral Coordination and Exchange for Sustainable Global Value Chains

    Während die Teilnahme an globalen Wertschöpfungsketten weithin mit Vorteilen für die Entwicklung von Ländern in Verbindung gebracht wird, werden ökologische und soziale Kosten immer deutlicher. Die Autor:innen empfehlen, dass die G20 ein zentrales globales Austauschforum für diese wichtige Herausforderung wird.

    Holger Görg

    Dr. Adnan Seric

    Frauke Steglich

    Dr. Liubov Yaroshenko


    Launch Event for the Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains

    Kooperationsveranstaltung Online event: 09.03.2021 Organisation: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

    The virtual launch of the Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains: the network is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the aim of undertaking and stimulating new research that helps to make supply chains more sustainable and to synthesize the best international research on this topic and make it accessible for policymakers and other societal stakeholders.

    For this purpose, BMZ has commissioned the German Development Institute (DIE), the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) to establish a network of internationally leading scholars to produce a series of research papers, conferences, policy dialogues, podcasts, a blog, an annual report as well as a dedicated website.

    The launch event will be opened by State Secretary Norbert Barthle, BMZ, and include a panel discussion among leading international supply chain researchers, a discussion on the pros and cons of due diligence laws holding companies accountable for their suppliers as well as selection of topical academic presentations.


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