Value Chain Analysis

Value Chain Analysis in Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems

The Value Chains of a Sustainable Production and Consumption System are its blood vessels. The flows of products, services, materials, money or information connect travel downstream through both horizontal and vertical networks of producers, processors, traders, retailers and consumers, leading to post-consumer life.

Depending on the complexity of the product or service, especially in terms of the number of components and processing included, a value chain can include millions of suppliers spread across the globe. Shifting Value Chains in the direction of sustainability therefore requires brokering global partnerships, as well as embedding a region’s core value chains in innovation networks, R&D support systems, as well as incubators and business accelerators to assure that newly developed technologies are market ready.

In order to meet today’s societal challenges, but also depending on the specific needs of clients, Value Chain Analysis can focused on

  • Trade Flows and Market Distribution along the supply chain
  • Company and Market Structures, concentration and power
  • Material and energy efficiency, designing out waste streams
  • Developing systems for supply chain transparency and traceability
  • Identifying appropriate supply chain upgrade and entry strategies, to improve socio-economic fairness in challenging chains

The challenge of Value Chain Analysis

Ensuring that a value chain will represent an opportunity for an organization requires a complex analysis. It requires investments in good data sets in order to understand opportunities, weaknesses, as well as how the costs and benefits are being shared between different parties in the chain. Oftentimes searching key margin distribution data, as well as the exact row of suppliers in a chain can lead to dead ends. Such information is considered confidential, requiring inner industry expertise, investigatory calls and access to specialized databases in order to receive answers.

How our Value Chain Analysis Service helps you

Our Value Chain Analysis can

> help governments and municipalities develop national sector-based strategies in order to increase the competitiveness of key industries

> help companies, clusters and industry associations develop a strategy to improve their competitiveness and positioning in their value chain, especially with a view to building towards a sustainable future

> help NGOs to develop key intervention and campaigning strategies in order to facilitate the entry of disadvantaged groups, such as smallholder farmers in value chain, or to determine key market players to innovate in their field

Our approach to Value Chain Analysis

We combine both classical and cutting-edge Value Chain Analysis methods in order to help your organization achieve its goals:

  • Trade data analysis
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Power Analysis
  • Material flow Analysis
  • Risk Analysis

We base our conclusions on a solid evidence base. We insist on applying the latest research methods, and state-of-the-art data collection and analysis from both international databases and national specialized sector data. We know how to conduct interviews with both high level officials, and farmers to lay the foundations of evidence-based policy-making.