Socially oriented demand chains
For some ventures providing intermediate goods or services the challenge is how to develop a demand chain that processes or distributes the good or service. The community movement for recycling worked with local and regional governments to promote processing factories – and in some cases industries – to use the materials they had collected. They explored new uses for recovered material like glass, or developed multiple grades of compost to meet different types of demand. Sometimes the chain may be closely linked. Farmer’s co-ops in Italy for example supply co-operative processing factories, who sell through co-operative shops, and are funded by co-operative banks. But as with supply chains, the goal is to have the demand chain reflecting the social mission of the venture.