Supporting Sustainable Supply Chains Through South-South and Triangular Industrial Cooperation (UNIDO, 2023)

December 21, 2023

As an indispensable axis of contemporary international cooperation, South-South and Triangular Industrial Cooperation (SSTIC) operates at the intersection of global value chains and sustainability. This strategic platform embodies an evolving paradigm, explicitly designed to foster the technical and economic prerequisites for the creation of sustainable supply chains. This publication elaborates on the instrumental role of SSTIC in promoting economic resilience, environmental stewardship, and social inclusion through sustainable supply chain development.

This publication by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) contains a detailed analysis of key thematic areas that encapsulate the essence of UNIDO’s efforts in strengthening sustainable supply chains through the SSTIC modality. These sections include Sustainability Standards, Skills Development, and Value Chain Development.

The section on Sustainability Standards delves into the norms, benchmarks, and guidelines adopted to ensure sustainable operations across supply chains. It elucidates how SSTIC fosters adherence to these standards in different countries, thereby driving environmental resilience and social responsibility in addition to economic competitiveness.

Skills Development, the following section, unpacks the role of human capital in the operation and management of sustainable supply chains. This section articulates SSTIC’s approach to nurturing the technical capabilities necessary to drive sustainable supply chain management.

The final section, Value Chain Development, probes into SSTIC’s strategic interventions for industrial diversification and value addition in supply chains. It delineates how SSTIC assists nations in scaling the value chain, thereby boosting their economic value and competitiveness while reducing vulnerability to external shocks.