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Sustainability in Global Value Chains

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The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted global production networks, commonly known as global value chains. It impressed a sense of urgency on governments and internationally operating enterprises to re-evaluate their approaches towards ensuring resilience and sustainability in their supply chains. This seismic event offers the opportunity to rethink established practices, embrace resilience and sustainability as a core value creator, and link long-term recovery strategies to the guiding principles and objectives of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference aims to bring together empirical research on sustainability topics in global value chains (GVCs). The event is part of the Forum on Globalization and Industrialization (FGI 2021), which takes place on 6 December 2021.

The research conference programme is expected to be published at the beginning of September. Professor Paola Conconi (Université Libre de Bruxelles and CEPR) is the conference keynote speaker.

Call for Papers

We welcome submissions of full-length papers using micro and macro analyses, as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches.

See more information in corresponding flyer on the right side.

Organisers of the conference

The research conference is organized by The Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains jointly with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG). The newly created research network is a joint initiative by the German Development Institute (DIE-GDI) , the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel). The network is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Cooperation Partners

United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Centre for Globalization, German Development Institute

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