FairMatch Support works on applications from the corporate sector; producers, trade or processors. We also take the initiative to investigate whether the organisation of a supply chain can be improved. Our activities are financed by the corporate sector, non-governmental organisation (NGOs) and governments.
1. Analysis of the chain
The initial step is to analyse the supply chain or sector, in which we investigate subjects such as sustainable availability, production systems, organisation, competitiveness, etc. These matters provide insight into possible ways in which the organisation of the chain can be improved. The chain must have a sustainable future that is profitable for everyone involved. This is why we work from a concrete market demand.
2. Plan of approach
In the next phase, we make a plan of approach based on this analysis. How can the right parties in the supply chain be brought together and collectively develop a new chain? Agreements are made about who can do what themselves and where additional support is required, for instance in looking for buyers, supporting the development of a professional collaboration, or certification procedures.
After that, FairMatch Support starts implementing. We support the entire process and take action where required. Working with our local partners, we look for local producers and link primary producers to local processors and/or exporters. We work on organisational improvements, possible certification and improvement of production. Further along in the chain, we make contact with possible buyers for sustainable products.
Within the chains in which FairMatch Support is active, the relationship between parties often transforms from a business relationship to a collaboration. This process is not always a matter of course. We support this from an independent position and react proactively if any deadlock threatens the collaboration. In the interest of a strong chain, we are most emphatically present where the link is weakest.