Environmental upgrading in global value chains

Valentina DeMarchi, Elenora Di Maria, Aarti Krishnan, Stefano Ponte

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Responding to stakeholder pressure, firms are increasingly challenged to reduce their environmental impacts. This chapter reviews the potential upgrading trajectories for firms engaged in Global Value Chains (GVCs) to effectively reduce the impacts on the environment of all activities linked to their products – not just those that are carried out in house – and the major drivers of these investments. We also examine the role of global lead firms in fostering the greening of GVCs and the different governing approaches that they have adopted. Furthermore, we look at different forms of supplier agency in these processes, both in the global North and the global South. Finally, we identify the key challenges related to the reduction of environmental impacts along GVCs and discuss limits and opportunities for the joint achievement of economic and environmental outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Global Value Chains
EditorsStefano Ponte, Gary Gereffi, Gale Raj-Reichert
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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