ThisChair has benefited from corporate funding amounting to 120,000 € p.a. over the last years, comprising Steering Committee composed of major French corporations and NGOs (e.g., SNCF - French Rail, L’Occitane, WWF). Chair members have carried out research, for example, into organisational issues raised when implementing a responsible purchasing function, factors preventing responsible purchasing policies, or the impact of labels on responsible purchasing practice.
A major recent project, led by Professor S. D’Antone, on “Aesthetics and its impact on Fruits & Vegetables consumption and waste” is run in collaboration with InVivo AgroSolutions (the first French group of cooperatives).
The chair has been very active in disseminating research results to the public. For example, it published a “Guide to responsible purchasing” for distribution to industry. This guide identifies the obstacles and drivers in the implementation of a responsible purchasing strategy. It proposes a very pragmatic action plan, to help buyers and managers make their purchasing practices more responsible, avoid classic mistakes and give themselves greater chance of success, irrespective of the nature of their organisation (micro-enterprise, SME or corporations public or private sector, NGO etc.)
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