The German Action Alliance for Sustainable Bananas is a dialogue and action forum. It brings together representatives from trade, retail, and politics as well as from consumer protection, civil society, and trade unions.
The goal is to bundle the activities of various actors in Germany and to promote more responsibility along the entire bananas’ supply chain – from production to the consumer. This is intended to make a significant contribution to the improvement of social, ecological and economic conditions in the countries of production. The activities at the national level are closely aligned with the World Banana Forum, which pursues these objectives at international level.
The Action Alliance was initiated by TransFair in autumn 2014. Since October 2015, the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been supporting the Alliance on behalf of the German Government in an advisory and financial capacity. GIZ is responsible for the design and implementation of the Action Alliance and currently assumes the role of the Project Secretariat.
The overriding objectives of the ABNB are laid down in the Memorandum of Understanding. To achieve these goals, the participants of the Alliance developed a Framework for Action, which establishes the fields of activity for a more sustainable value chain. This document is the basis for activities that will be implemented by the Action Alliance’s members.
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The overall objective of the Action Alliance for Sustainable Bananas is to ensure that all bananas marketed on the German market are produced more sustainably along the entire value chain, thus respecting human rights and promoting environmental protection
Understanding of sustainability
The overall objective of the Action Alliance for sustainable banana is to make all bananas marketed in the German market increasingly sustainable along their entire value chain.
Memorandum of Understanding
The Memorandum of Understanding of the Action Alliance for sustainable bananas was adopted by the participants of the Stakeholder Workshops on September 19, 2016.
Framework for action
The framework for action is currently being prepared by the members of the ABNB. More information will follow shortly.
Study on the sustainability of bananas on the German market
To assess the sustainability of bananas on the German market, the Action Alliance for sustainable bananas has commissioned an external study. It comes to the conclusion that important steps have already been taken since a large part of the German supermarkets already sell certified bananas. However, banana cultivation remains a challenge.
The Action Alliance for sustainable bananas is a multi-stakeholder initiative. It is open at any time for more members. If you are interested in the work of the Action Alliance or would like to help shape it, please contact the project secretariat.