5d. Sustainable Value Chains and Trade

NB! This track text is confirmed and approved by track chairs.

Track Chairs

Goals and Objectives of the Track

Trade is a powerful engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction thus playing an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Global trade growth has been driven by businesses seeking higher profits by procuring from low-cost offshore destinations while consumers look for good quality, affordable products and services. This quest for low cost by companies as well as consumers creates adverse social and environmental impact through extended, energy consuming supply chains.

Sustainable value chains enable businesses balance economic, social and environmental objectives. Progressive companies have been addressing many of the persistent societal and environmental issues by shifting to sustainable value chains. At the same time, as consumers concerns for climate issues accelerate, they are increasingly seeking sustainable and ethical products.

We welcome papers addressing a wide range of issues related to sustainable value chain and trade. These include:

  • New developments in sustainable value chains
  • Adoption of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones and robotics for managing sustainable value chains
  • Facilitation through market-based governance mechanisms e.g. certification, direct sourcing trading, corporate own brand initiatives and Public-Private Partnerships for engaging with a wider set of stakeholders in the value chain
  • Environment protection through zero-deforestation and other sustainability commitments
  • Green supply chains
  • Role of networks and partnerships between NGOs, businesses and governments for sustainable value chains
  • Emerging consumer trends that drive sustainability initiatives by companies 

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to an area pointed out above) of between 300 and 500 words (including all aspects),

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g. intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND COURAGE: CULTURE, ART AND HUMAN RIGHTS”).ES OF 

Abstracts which do not outline points 3.a.) AND 3.b.) might not be given special consideration in the selection for potential publications and might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

With regard to potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions the following publication opportunities have already been envisaged:

  1. Special Issue / Section in the Journal of Indian Business Research https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/jibr 

    ABDC Rankings – C Rank;

    Indexing – ABI-Inform; Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management & Marketing; EBSCO Discovery Service; Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics); Inspec; International Bibliography of Social Sciences; Zetoc (British Library)

    Scopus CiteScore Tracker November 2020: 2.3
  2. Conference proceedings with own ISBN number (each abstract and – later – full paper)


Deadline for submitting abstracts: See Submissions