Unleash Opportunity – Members’ day
Unleash Opportunity
08:00 - 10:00
Registration and light breakfast
10:00 - 10:30
Unleashing Opportunity in a Time of Change

The past 40 years has witnessed unprecedented change, in the transition to a new trade environment – one where uncertainty from climate change is growing and where protectionist rhetoric is on the rise globally. As consumers shift their focus from cheap products to ethical brands, legislation is changing to embrace new environmental criteria and put labour rights at the heart of global supply chains. With these critical changes now a part of the trading landscape, it’s time to look back on the milestones of FTA and ask what the future holds for FTA – and our members.

Join us to find out how FTA is working with our members to map the way forward, providing support through the unpredictability and using our resources to influence the future development of trade.

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Christian Ewert
FTA Director General
Julie Gichuru
FTA Conference Moderator
10:30 - 11:30
Reflecting on the Year of the Political Earthquake

For businesses, governments and societies, 2016 was a year that demanded a new level of adaptability and resilience. For FTA, it was a chance to reassess our purpose and reimagine our mission. The result is our Vision 2030, a blueprint of our plans for and commitment to a future of trade with sustainable value chains.

This session is a chance to look back on the year’s activities and achievements while providing an open forum to discuss the powerful foundation our new Vision offers members. Learn about how a refreshed FTA is equipped and ready to tackle a dynamic new global environment and make sustainable trade the new normal.

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Christian Ewert
FTA Director General
Darrell Doren
FTA Senior Director - Sustainability
Dr. Pierre Michael Gröning
Director of International Trade Policy
11:30 - 12:00
Coffee break


12:00 - 13:00
Just Do It – Why Companies Need to Commit to Diligence

Right now, your stakeholders have a world of information at their fingertips. In an age of open information, diligence matters like never before. Instead of fearing new processes and evolving technology, businesses of all sizes and sectors can seize the opportunity to turn diligence reporting into a world of engagement opportunities.

This session explores the use of leading dashboards and tools, including those provided by FTA, that effectively report diligence and enhance your credibility, helping you assess your own performance more efficiently while teaching you how to make the most of analytics technology.

Moderated by Veronica Rubio

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Veronica Rubio
Senior Manager - Strategic Programmes.
Dr. Leon Mol
Director of Product Safety & Social Compliance at Ahold Delhaize GSO B.V.
Patricia Carrier
Project Manager at Modern Slavery Registry Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.
Monique Gerson
Social System Officer at the Foreign Trade Association
12:00 - 13:00
Promoting Workers’ Rights through Trade Policy

As ethical conduct has moved from a niche issue into mainstream debate, the impact of trade policies on sustainable supply chains and workers’ rights has gained momentum.

Through Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) and government-led sustainability standards, trade policies have become powerful enablers to promote labour rights in global supply chains and an important supporting platform for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

But there is a long way to go. This session explores how to scale efforts towards harnessing the potential of these growing policy led opportunities in a meaningful way. Join us to debate how trade policy can promote inclusive economic growth for long term sustainability.

Moderated by  Dr. Pierre Michael Gröning.

See the breakout session’s summary here .

Dr. Pierre Michael Gröning
Director of International Trade Policy
James Harrison
Associate Professor / Reader at University of Warwick
Sandra Gallina
Director for Sustainable Development; EPA, ACP, Agrifood and Fisheries. DG Trade, European Commission,
Gothami Silva
Minister (Commercial & Economic Affairs), Embassy of Sri Lanka to the European Union, Brussels
12:00 - 13:00
10 Years of REACH – Looking at the Future of Chemical Regulations for SMEs

Over the past decade, the REACH chemical control legislation has had a profound impact on businesses across the world in a diverse range of sectors. With the 2018 deadline for registrations fast approaching, many SMEs are in need of practical guidance on how to understand – and comply with – the policy.

This session offers attendees a practical workshop on navigating the processes around using and working with Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), no matter the industry. Join us for relevant support in understanding your supply chain and the importance of clear communication on chemicals use in the EU.

Moderated by Malik DUHAUT.

See the breakout session summary here and power point presentation here.



Malik Duhaut
Regulatory Affairs Advisor
Telmo Vieira Prazeres
Scientific Officer at the Classification and Prioritisation Unit of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Stéphane Content
Manager Product Stewardship at Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council)
12:00 - 13:00
Mapping Risk – Launching FTA’s New Country Risk Guidance

For any business operating or expanding globally, due diligence is not simply an extra process; it’s a legal and reputational imperative. Today supply chains face growing risks in the form of child labour, bonded labour, corruption and environmental impacts and the cost of non-compliance is high.

This workshop outlines the benefits and support offered by FTA’s newly launched Country Risk Guidance, a tool that goes beyond risk assessment and provides members with visualisation techniques to identify their potential social, environmental and trade-related risks in existing and new sourcing countries.

Moderated by Christian Ewert.

Christian Ewert
FTA Director General
Parul Sharma
Head of CSR Compliance at Vinge Law Firm
Lary Brown
Vice President- Head of Global Social and Environmental Sustainability at Esprit
Patrick Neyts
Senior Advisor and Managing Partner at VECTRA International
13:00 - 14:30
Networking Lunch
14:30 - 15:30
Beyond Tier 1 in Practice – Unravelling the Mystery and Magic of the BSCI Cascade Effect

There has been undeniably positive growth in the sustainability focus of business over the past few years, with many organisations now committed to mitigating social and environmental practices that result from their work. But how many businesses go beyond Tier 1 in their supply chains to ensure the sustainability of the suppliers used by their own suppliers?

Getting to the source of supplies is a key part of managing risk. That’s why the BSCI Cascade Effect helps companies proactively identify and address the human impact of their activities and to share responsible business values across their supply chain.

In this interactive workshop real practical examples of companies who have gone beyond Tier 1 will be shared and explored, enabling attendees to learn about the challenges, risks, benefits and practical implications of engaging beyond their own immediate supply base.

Moderated by Andrew Martin s

Andrew Martin
Senior Manager Monitoring and Continuous Improvement at the Foreign Trade Association (FTA).
Leontien Hasselman – Plugge
CEO at SIM Supply Chain Information Management
Daniel Hopp
Managing Director of Hopp KG
Kari Brant
Kari Brandt
Quality and Compliance Manager at LauRie
14:30 - 15:30
The Rise of the Social Intrapreneur: Be the Changemaker Within your Organisation

Sustainability is now part of the trade conversation, offering businesses in all sectors a wealth of opportunities. But innovating isn’t always easy, especially for companies used to specific processes. That’s where Sustainability Intrapreneurs come in. Intrapreneurs inspire fresh thinking and help organisations nurture – and implement – innovative new ways of thinking from within.

This session will inspire you by exploring how everyone can be a changemaker and unleash positive impact opportunities within their organisation. Attendees will be introduced to the concept of the Sustainability Intrapreneur – someone who applies the principles of social entrepreneurship inside a major organization.

There will be practical guides on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and creating and promoting relevant solutions to social or environmental challenges, supported by a series success stories.

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14:30 - 15:30
What Does the Future Cost? How Buyers Can Drive Sustainability

Good business starts with skilled buying. No matter what a company’s size or sector, profits depend on getting the best price for materials and parts from the most reliable suppliers.

But buyers don’t only affect product lines, development, trends and innovation – they also impact a company’s sustainability performance. This makes buyers key drivers of positive engagement across all points of supply chains and important actors in helping companies reach their sustainability goals.

This session provides practical guidelines for buyers on improving sustainability performance through better buying decisions and how to increase collaboration between buyers and CSR teams to embed sustainability across operations. s

Lena Bergendahl
Manager Environmental & Social Responsibility at ICA
14:30 - 15:30
Engaging with Your Stakeholders – Why it Makes Good Business Sense

For all businesses, managing an effective and sustainable supply chain also means meeting the expectations of a diverse range of stakeholders by demonstrating accountability, transparency and respect towards human rights and the environment.

While this sometimes seems like an unnecessary extra step, the fact is that meaningful stakeholder engagement actually provides organisations with excellent opportunities to promote, protect and support social, environmental and economical sustainability while building vital, trusting and positive relationships with people affected by their business. Better still, efficient stakeholder management is a simple way of manging potential and actual supply chain and reputational risks.

This session explores how to build meaningful partnerships through purposeful engagement with your key stakeholders throughout the supply chain. Attendees will learn why to engage and how to identify key stakeholders before being given guidance on pursuing targeted, constructive and open dialogue based on mutual trust.

Moderated by Anisha Rajapakse.

Anisha Rajapakse
Senior Manager – Stakeholder Engagement, Foreign Trade Association (FTA)
Didier Bergeret
Director at Consumer Goods Forum.
Mattias Forsberg
Senior Advisor, Child Rights and Business at Save the Children Sweden
Peter Paul Van de Wijs
Innovative Senior Sustainability and Global Corporate Communication Strategist
Katryn Wright
Director at Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
Tulika Bansal
Senior Adviser at Danish Institute for Human Rights