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YET-102 Sustainability and global food value chains, 5 op 
Tunniste YET-102  Voimassaolo 01.01.2017 -
Nimi Sustainability and global food value chains  Lyhenne Sustainability  
Laajuus5 op   
  ArvosteluYleinen asteikko 
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Vastuuyksikkö Ympäristö- ja elintarviketalouden kandiohjelma 

Bodo Steiner 


Students of the Bachelor's Programme in Enviromental and Food Economics.

The course is available to students from other degree programmes, including exchange students.


1st year, period III


Course objective: To introduce students to practical aspects of sustainability in global value chains, as they are relevant to businesses, NGOs, policymakers and society at large; introduce the multiple dimensions of sustainability (TBL: social, environmental and economic sustainability) in the context of global agri-food value chains; discuss the role and limitations of sustainability reporting standards; introduce life-cycle analysis in the context of global value chains.


Lectures, individual essays.

Edeltävät opinnot tai edeltävä osaaminen 

Some introductory economics and/ or management course could be valuable, but not essential.

Suositeltavat valinnaiset opinnot 

Some introductory economics and/ or management course could be valuable.


1.) What are value chains, why are there different definitions, and why does governance matter as part of a global value chain (GVC) perspective?

2.) Global risks, value chains and sustainability: connecting the dots. The triple bottom line (environmental, social and financial sustainability) applied to global value chains – who cares?

3.) Introduction to sustainability reporting standards and strategic management performance measures for sustainability in GVCs: classifying sustainability standards relevant to global food value chains; examples of self-regulation for sustainability ’standards’ in global value chains; balanced scorecarding for organizational performance in global value chains; introduction to UN Global Compact, GRI and The Economy For The Common Good – how do they work, what are their differences? Applications to food processing and agri-food value chains.

   4.) Sustainability standards: Which motivating principles & ethical theories are driving businesses in their reporting?

5.) Promoting sustainable global value chains through Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)? What is LCA, how does it work, what has LCA to do with sustainability reporting: examples from the global wine value chain. 

Oppimateriaali ja kirjallisuus 

Will be announced in class and made available on moodle: articles & book chapters

Oppimista tukevat aktiviteetit ja opetusmenetelmät 

In-class discussion (class participation/ question-answers) highly welcome.

Arviointimenetelmät ja -kriteerit 

Learning diary, individual essays.

Yhteydet muihin opintojaksoihin 

Replaces the former course 87040 EE040 Yhteiskuntavastuu 5 cr.


prof. Bodo Steiner


Suitable for exchange students


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