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Strong, sustainable supply chains can only be achieved if the most fragile player, smallholders, are empowered. The definition of ‘smallholders’ together with engagement guideline is being finalized with the aim to have a new ordinary membership category that would allow smallholders to express their views, ideas and concerns to the other international players within GPSNR.
On December 1st, GPSNR will transfer its hosting from BCSD Singapore Ltd to the newly formed World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Asia Pacific Ltd. The purpose of this migration would enable GPSNR to better leverage synergies and explore means of collaboration within the wider network of WBCSD.
Strategy & Objectives Working Group continues to work on the desired state document and Theory of Change. Strategy 1, 2, and 3 Working Groups kicked off the first calls with the background information on how their works are contributing to the design of GPSNR Assurance Model, which will be recommended by consultant Liza Murphy.
Two workshops have been successfully held. More than 20 rubber smallholders from all over Indonesia - Kalimantan, South Sumatra, West Sumatra and Jambi gathered during the workshop in October 7th - 9th. The workshop in Thailand just finished with a fruitful discussion on collaboration opportunities between rubber smallholders and GPSNR.
After the approval of the new Working Groups’ terms of References, the members volunteering for Strategy 1 - Policy Toolbox and Strategy 2 - Capacity Building working Group are now fully on board and are ready had their first call in October to outline the plan of action based on the ToRs, and elect the working groups’ co-chairs. Strategy 3 - Traceability working group’s members are also to kick-off their first calls in November. The Strategy & Objectives working group remains active to review desired state and finalise GPSNR’s Theory of Change.
On September 24-26th, stakeholders from around the world and across the rubber value chain came together in the city of Hat Yai - the rubber hub in South of Thailand – to attend a three-day workshop organized by the Rainforest Alliance, Mighty Earth, Einhorn Products, Earth Net Foundation and supported by the Prince of Songkhla University.