The value-chain approach underpins the interface between the science on natural resources and the action on sustainable consumption and production. It is a science-based life cycle approach which enables UNEP and partners to translate scientific information into SCP action. It identifies where the greatest opportunities for improvement occur and shapes corresponding actions by building on existing knowledge and available data.


Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Industrial Sector

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Start date


The application of the value chain approach is undertaken in three key steps:
1) Understanding the value chain and identifying the key hotspots
2) Consolidating existing action and identifying opportunities to address the identified hotspots, including by bringing in economic instruments and identifying economic incentives;
3) Defining a common agenda and prioritizing actions (and possibly related tools and methodologies) to address identified gaps which engage UNEP across the three thematic sub-programmes.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

In the textile value chain, UNEP’s application of the value chain approach has already resulted in the following:

- Creation of knowledge (first report published, second report under development), based on multi-stakeholder consultations (workshops, side events)
- Promotion of knowledge at relevant events/ fora and through social media and videos
- Convening of stakeholders and knowledge exchange through an expert community (website, newsletter, events)

Next steps and how to get involved

UNEP will now be implementing the InTex project as next step. his three-year project funded by the European Commission promotes innovative business practices and economic models in the textilevalue chain. The InTex project has five components. Two components have global reach and three components will focus on national implementation in three countries in Africa. The three countries are to be selected through this call for proposals, including the three technical intermediaries UNEP will partner with to implement the three components that have national focus. The project will drive the uptake of eco-innovation and Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) in SMEs in the textile sector in three countries in Africa and ensure sustainability of the approach, by strengthening the capacity of local partners who can continue to deliver knowledge and capacity beyond the project life-span.