This annual report provides an overview of progress and achievements in the Supply Chain Initiative since its launch in September 2013. The report highlights progress in company registration and actions undertaken by the Governance Group in providing assistance to companies and national associations and raising awareness. It also presents the results of the second annual survey of registered companies, the actions undertaken and implementation under the SCI, including progress on achieving a critical mass.
As a further encouragement to micro and small enterprises  to join the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI), the Governance Group has decided to further simplify the procedure for their registration. Since 1st September, micro and small enterprises only need to register to show their commitment to the initiative and the principles; they are no longer asked to conduct a preliminary self-assessment, to appoint an independent contact point to deal with complaints or to carry out training. Moreover, they are invited to take part in the survey but this is no longer compulsory.
14 months after its launch on 16 September 2013, the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) is proud to publish its first annual report providing a comprehensive overview of what it has achieved in its first year of operations. It includes the results of an independent survey that gives added insight into the functioning of the SCI.
In its Communication on ‘Tackling unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food supply chain’ published on 15 July 2014, the European Commission expressed its support to The Supply Chain Initiative.