Traceability Certifications and Mangalwar Idiocracy Syndrome
Shall we examine the hyped-up claim that traceability systems and certification mechanisms 'sustainablize' value chains?
Once upon a time, there lived a venerable priest in a quaint old town called Mangalwarpet in the western part of India.
On a sunny day, he woke before sunrise and set out to complete his daily ablutions. But, there was a problem - a stray dog in the neighborhood was shouting its lungs out and this perturbed him. With no inclination to step out of his prayer room, he called his son for help.
The dog was quickly tied to the pillar outside the prayer room. The legend goes that till date (in this apocryphal story), all rituals and prayers are done in Mangalwarpet with the dog tied to the pole.
Here is the funny thing.
This Mangalwar idiocracy happens not just in religious affairs.
If you want a similar idiocracy equivalent from western mythology, try Grandma’s ham story.
In the "rational" world of business that has been wedded religiously to methodologies and certifications, this is an everyday occurrence.
Take the case of RSPO and RTRS Certifications.
In 2004, Round Table on Sustainable Palm …