Focus Areas

Global value chains involve a diverse set of stakeholders: producers, processors, traders, distributors, transporters, retailers, distributors; and also governments; local and indigenous populations, non-governmental organisations, multilateral agencies and academic institutions. All affect or are affected by the processes and activities linked to the value chain.

Addressing issues related to global value chains thus requires a coordinated effort involving all of these stakeholders and full understanding of each of the points and processes of the value chains.

Recognising the importance of having effective structures to respond to these needs and in order to operationalise and deliver the mission and objectives of RESP a number of International Working Groups (IWGs) have been created in accordance to the priorities established with regards to well-defined and differentiated natural resource groups:

  • Reptile skins
  • Wool fibres
  • Natural ingredients
  • Coloured gemstones

The objective of RESP International Working Groups (IWGs) is to facilitate the design and implementation of business models, to improve transparency and to contribute to the development of policies and international standards. They seek to progress towards responsible sourcing and to develop and implement new business tools and methodologies to further the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems and to improved livelihood for local communities.

Learn more about the work of each working group:

International Working Group on Reptile Skins (IWG-RS)
International Working Group on Wool Fibres (IWG-WF)
International Working Group on Natural Ingredients (IWG-NI)
International Working Group on Coloured Gemstones (IWG-CG)