Project secures DFID funding to support workers in developing countries hit by COVID-19

Congratulations to Jill and David in securing the latest DFID funding for the project. The co-leaders won key funding from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), for the purpose of helping supply chain producers struggling within the current pandemic. With help from the funding, the project will allow rapid response to vulnerable workers in urgent need as a consequence of COVID-19. Alongside as well projecting a longer-term resilience to support those in all areas of the cut-flower supply chain.

“The COVID-19 crisis has tested many aspects of supply chains’ resilience and without doubt resulted in many negative impacts upon workers and producers in the cut-flower industry. However, through this project we have the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research which can lead to improvements in the way that supply chains operate in the future, increasing resilience, improving sustainability and improving conditions for workers.”

Dr David Bek

“We are delighted to be contributing the academic input to this very important DFID project, and to be partnering with the Fairtrade Foundation, MM Flowers and Women Working Worldwide, as well as the sustainability leads at Tesco, the Co-op and Marks and Spencer. Together we will be working to increase supply chain resilience and to provide urgent and long-term benefits to flower workers, from PPE and food gardens to reliable procurement policies and raised consumer awareness.

This is a natural progression of the work we have been doing for the past five year on our Sustainable Cut Flowers Project, working with industry stakeholders on innovative approaches to improve environmental and social standards in the supply of the flowers we buy.”

Jill Timms

We invite you to read further about the latest secured funding in an article by Coventry University – read here.

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