BATSTONE: “Impact Sourcing: A Critical Path for Social Change” ON SSIR

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Dave and Peruvian CommunitiesNot For Sale Co-Founder and President David Batstone has recently been contributing on the Stanford Social Innovation Review. His most recent article, “Impact Sourcing: A Critical Path for Social Change” discusses how responsible tracking of goods and services within an already established supply chain can fortify or reinvigorate deprived social economies.

Often what matters most to a company is finding a cheap supplier, but the more inexpensive supply chains also come with instability and risks of forced labor. This side effect can negatively affect companies if they have to switch suppliers—and it can endanger their reputation as well. Some enterprises are beginning to value opportunities that source from undeveloped regions.

REBBL was created around the idea of impact sourcing. Standing for “Roots, Extracts, Berries, Bark, and Leaves,” REBBL is an herbal tonic beverage enterprise launched by Not For Sale earlier this year. It aims to not only further physical well-being, but also contribute to the growth of jobs and social economies in areas plagued by labor exploitation.  While the indigenous communities do not have the infrastructure to produce all the necessary ingredients, the REBBL team devised a three-part strategy to make this sourcing possible.

Impact sourcing, as pioneered through REBBL, demonstrates positive opportunities for both exploited communities and participating companies. “If our goal is to strengthen and transform deprived social economies, the values chain embedded within global production lie along the critical path,” said Batstone. Read more about impact sourcing, as well as other opportunities for social impact in the fight against slavery, here.

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