TheSupply Chain Initiative(SCI)publishedits annual report for the year 2018 today. The results of the annual surveyof registered companiesshowcasethatthe SCI continues tomake progress in the promotion offair business practices in the food supply chain as a basis for commercial dealings.
The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI)annual report 2018contains the results of the annual survey of registered companies, highlights its dispute resolution mechanism andpoints outthe work of national platforms and initiatives. Overall, satisfaction with the SCIremains high among registered companieswith a commitmentto promote and respect the SCIPrinciples of Good Practice.
The survey resultsindicatethat 9 out of 10 companies trained all or part of their staff members on the Principles. Since their registration 84% of the registered companies communicated their adherence to the SCI to their business partners at national and/or group level.Companies considered that the SCI has helped them to improve daily communication with their trading partners (43%), improve their internal company processes (24%) and deal with disputes (21%).
“Ourprimarypurpose is to promote fair business practicesthroughoutthe food supply chain as a basis for commercial dealings. We also aimto ensure that companies canlodge complaints without fear of retaliation, and are able toresolve their issues and disputes in a quick and efficient manner. The results of the 2018 annual survey confirm that we are moving in the right direction. Only 3% of companies expressed a fear of retaliation and 69% of respondents indicated they were satisfied to very satisfied with the SCI,” says Michael Hutchings, SCI Chair.
The dispute resolution mechanism isakey pillar of the work of the SCI and allows companies to lodge an aggregated disputewiththe Chairin full confidentiality,providedthere isa cross-border element and the issue could not be resolved at the national level. In 2018, disputes were reported and dealt with exclusively at the national level with20 companies having been faced with an alleged breach of at least one of the Principlesof Good Practice since 20 November 2017. 16 companies resolved the issue informally. Fourcompanies were not able to solve the issue informally, as a result of which 1 company lodged three complaints.
“Thereisa wide range of national platforms and initiativesbased on the SCI model orwhohave taken into account the SCI Principles of Good Practice. The report highlightsthedispute resolutionactivities of theBelgian, Germanand Finnish models as examples ofgood practice.I am encouraged to see how effective their respective dispute resolutions at national level are, which is where the impact of our work is most visible,“concludes Michael Hutchings.