1 196 Chinese food SMEs involved in voluntary auditing programmes
In China, the food industry represents a crucial motor for the development of local economy and society. However, there are serious potential impacts threatening its sustainability, such as a) environmental impacts (water and energy consumption, and emission of highly organic waste water), b) globalisation and change in consumer preferences contributing to the demise of traditional production systems and small companies, c) ethical, health and safe working conditions that are not always ensured (insufficient occupational health and safety measures, limited employment for women and young people, obsolete training programmes), and d) consumer concern regarding product quality.
The CAPACITY project sought to provide food-sector SMEs in Sichuan, Henan and Qinghai Provinces with the necessary tools to implement sustainable production and consumption (SCP) practices, especially in the meat processing sector. The specific objectives included:
- to assist SMEs to adopt best practice in SCP and comply with international food safety regulations and standards, enhancing their integration into global supply chains and markets;
- to ensure the replication of successful approaches and methodologies by increasing the capacity of business membership organisations (BMOs) and government agencies;
- to promote informed choices for consumers regarding sustainable and eco-efficient produced foods.
Download here: SWITCH-Asia Impact Sheet CAPACITY / 4.11 MB (pdf)