Monitoring of the implementation of principles of good practice in vertical relationships in the food supply chain
The overall objective of this study for the European Commission was to analyse the effectiveness of the “Supply Chain Initiative” and of voluntary initiative/national stakeholders’ platforms, with the aim of addressing the phenomenon of unfair business-to-business trading practices (UTPs). The study had two components: a) Supply Chain Initiative: an ex-post evaluation on the effectiveness of the initiative; and, b) voluntary initiative/national stakeholders’ platforms: investigation of the influence which the adopted Principles of Good Practice or the Supply Chain Initiative might have had on the creation, rules, design, comprehensiveness (involvement of operators representing the whole food supply chain) and working methods of potential voluntary initiatives at national level. The evaluation involved a wide ranging consultation, including a survey of companies and interviews with supply chain representatives at EU and Member State level (in both cases, including participants and non-participants to the initiative, amongst farmers, consumers, processors and retailers) as well as interviews with independent academics and legal experts on UTP and vertical relations/supply chain issues. The evaluation was managed by Areté Consulting with Agra CEAS Consulting carrying out interviews with EU level stakeholders and case studies in specific Member States.
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