The RE-SOURCING project is European Commission Horizon 2020 funded project that will setup a Global Stakeholder Platform for Responsible Sourcing (the RE-SOURCING Platform) over the period of four years (November 2019 to October 2023).

The RE-SOURCING project actions will

RE-SOURCING will deliver

What are major RE-SOURCING activities?

Building a platform for the responsible sourcing community, networks & stakeholders

RE-SOURCING will employ a holistic approach to directly engage with RS challenges. This would require the identification and bridging the gap between current RS initiatives and platforms and provide a collaboration space for cross-sectoral actors. The RE-SOURCING Global Stakeholder Platform (RE-SOURCING Platform) – providing both digital and physical spaces for stakeholder interaction – will allow for cross-sectoral collaboration, peer learning & exchange, and build a knowledge repository to foster concerted and streamlined efforts for RS. 

A supportive responsible sourcing framework in three EU key sectors

While there is ‘familiarity’ with the RS concept amongst some EU business and sectors, the implementation and transferability of RS practices requires greater EU supportive framework conditions. To address this in a holistic manner, such that collective synergies of industry, policy and civil society can be stimulated, RE-SOURCING will develop individual roadmaps for three key EU industrial sectors: renewable energy (RES), mobility (MS) and electric and electronic equipment (EEES). By taking note of the current state of RS within these sectors, developing a vision through stakeholder consultations, a series of interactive workshops (Roadmap Workshops) on sector needs, the project will address some of the current challenges from increasing environmental and sustainability reporting requirements, accessibility and accountability of information and develop more transparent mineral GVCs.

Learning from innovative business cases for responsible sourcing

The challenges faced for broader RS implementation should not take away from the fact that a number of EU firms and sectors have taken significant strides in this area. The opportunities lie in capitalising on this firm/sector experience for wider implementation and transfer of RS best practices. RE-SOURCING, through its Flagship (FS) cases and a series of interactive workshops (Platform Labs) will contextualise the broader enabling framework conditions (cultural, economic, or political), and enable stakeholder guidance on good practice uptake, peer-learning and future business incentives for key decision makers.

Towards a global definition of responsible sourcing

The RS Agenda is intertwined with the  Sustainable Development Agenda, and while the UN SDGs i.a. more clearly define the latter, no such definition has emerged for the former, and any international movement towards such a definition is yet to emerge. Given that the RS Agenda encompasses different factors (business competition, environment, access to finance, human rights, social rights, trade, etc.), acceptance of an RS definition is not straightforward. RE-SOURCING firmly believes that such an attempt can only be made through an international consultative process that engages not only influential stakeholders and initiatives, but also the agenda setting process within these platforms. From virtual conferences and knowledge sharing on the RE-SOURCING PLATFORM, to Global Advocacy Forums in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia, to extensive engagement with the OECD, ICMM, UNEP and others, RE-SOURCING will set out the parameters of a globally accepted RS definition.

What we want to achieve?

Major RE-SOURCING outcomes are tailored to achieve the following impacts:

PROJECT END: At the end of the RE-SOURCING project, we will have achieved…

BEYOND: Beyond the RE-SOURCING projects’ duration, we will have a continual impact…

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This project has received funding
from the European Union's Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No. 869276

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Vienna University of Economics and Business,
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