Nov 27, 2017

Competition law fears deterring collaboration to improve food supply chain sustainability

Supply Chain
Dale Benton
2 min
Fears surrounding competition laws are deterring businesses from working together to promote sustainability in supply chains, according to a...

Fears surrounding competition laws are deterring businesses from working together to promote sustainability in supply chains, according to a new report.

Research conducted by the Fairtrade Foundation revealed cooperation between companies could benefit consumer choice and value, by improving quality, security of supply as well as bringing social and environmental advantages to the producers and farmers who grow the food we eat.

Businesses are often wary of working with rivals to strengthen supply chains as they fear falling foul of competition law.

At the same time producers and farmers are facing an increasingly uncertain future caused by fluctuating prices and climate change.

The Foundation wants the government and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to do more to encourage private sector companies to work together to promote sustainability in their supply chains.

Specifically, the Fairtrade Foundation is calling on the CMA to issue specific guidance outlining how cross-business initiatives for sustainability purposes would be assessed under competition law.

It believes this would help businesses navigate the existing rules better and remove artificial fears about how joint action can be taken forward.

Additionally, Fairtrade wants the CMA to work harder at embedding long-term sustainability goals in its operations, taking account of this and broader UK policy goals when it assesses how well markets are functioning.


Fairtrade recommends that the CMA starts to formally report on how it is contributing to delivering long-term food security for the UK.

Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation said: “The world faces tremendous challenges in producing enough food to feed a growing population. Unstable supply chains are causing food shortages all over the world and this trend is set to continue unless we act.

“By working together businesses can take the lead in mitigating the fall-out from increasingly fragile supply chains and, at the same time, embed sustainability at the heart of their operations.

“We encourage the government and the CMA to do all they can to foster cooperation between businesses and companies to recognise the importance of collective action on this issue, in the long-term interests of both UK consumers and vulnerable farmers and workers growing the food we eat.

“With climate change affecting our ability to feed ourselves, and the world’s population set to reach 9.7bn by 2040, this is a global food security crisis which needs strong policy responses.”

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Jul 25, 2021

People Moves: Kuehne+Nagel, Asuccini, Algo

2 min
Stay up to date on the latest supply chain executive moves and promotions, including Kuehne+Nagel, Algo, and Asuccini LLC

Peer Gjeow Rasmussen


Was: Managing Director, Kuehne+Nagel India
Now: Managing Director, Kuehne+Nagel Singapore and Malaysia 

Skilled in freight forwarding, logistics management, and international logistics, Peer Gjeow Rasmussen has worked for almost two decades to make Kuehne+Nagel a global leader in supply chain. With experience in Thailand, China, Denmark, the USA, and India, Rasmussen is poised to excel in the company’s diverse Singapore and Malaysia divisions. Said Jens Drewes, President of Kuehne+Nagel Asia-Pacific: "Peer’s proven leadership will ensure continued strategic growth and success." 


Heidi Turk


Was: SVP Supply Chain, NBC Universal
Now: Chief Customer Success Officer, Algo

Heidi Turk has been named Chief Customer Success Officer at Algo, a leading supply chain intelligence SaaS solutions provider. Prior to joining Algo, Turk spent the 23 years with NBC Universal, most recently as SVP Supply Chain.

Amjad Hussain, Chairman, founder and CEO, said: “Heidi’s deep knowledge of hard-goods manufacturing, distribution and retail channel operations will take Algo's white-glove, customer-centric service and support to the next level."

Jim Vrtis


Now: Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Asuccini

Jim Vrtis has been elected to the board of directors at Asuccini LLC, the leading international logistics transportation management software company. Vrtis will join as the Vice Chairman, and continue his role as CEO at Artemis ABA Inc. 

Vrtis has more than 20 years of industry experience working in transportation and logistics. Ashkan Shamili, Founder & CEO, said: “With the addition of Jim to our Board, we are committed to providing our customers with an innovative customised transportation management system built in the Salesforce cloud and tailored to the way our customers run their business.”

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