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Timing Activity

09:15 – 10:00

Registration and Light Breakfast

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome by Christian Ewert, FTA Director General

The Moderator of the Day, John Morrison, Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Business (IHRB) will interview Mr Ewert on the vision of FTA.

10:15 – 11:30

Trade and Sustainability: A Year of Transition at FTA

This panel will look back on 2015 as a year of transition and invites FTA’s senior management to present their activities from the past year.

Moderator: John Morrison, Executive Director of IHRB

  • Christian Ewert, FTA Director General
  • Darrell Doren, FTA Senior Director Sustainability
  • Pierre Gröning, Head of International Trade Policy

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break

During the coffee break, FTA invites conference delegates to learn more about FTA’s internal workings, engage in activities at the national level and meet the FTA country representatives to learn more about activities in sourcing countries.

12:00 – 13:00

Breakout Sessions

 

1. Due Diligence: Where Do you Draw your Corporate Liability Line?

This practical case study session highlights the importance of knowing your suppliers through devising a clear mapping and action plan which determines liability lines. From a legal perspective, there are clear liability lines set through trade agreements, but how much responsibility should a company bear when it comes to their own due diligence? We will focus on the latest initiatives that facilitate a strong due diligence approach for both working conditions and environmental considerations.

 

Read the session summary. To request the PowerPoint presentation please email info@fta-intl.org

 

2. The Future of Trade with China: How to Inject New Momentum?

Among FTA members, China has predominated as the major sourcing market for European countries. Despite increasing labour costs and environmental requirements, the popularity of the Chinese market continues to prevail. As FTA now explores the possibilities of a free trade agreement; this panel will discuss how this is foreseen to impact future trade with China and its position as the leading sourcing country for the European market.

 

Read the session summary. To request the PowerPoint presentation please email info@fta-intl.org

 

3. When Media Attacks: Turning a Communication Crisis into an Opportunity

When joining FTA, companies aim to better understand their supply chains and limit reputational risks. They should remain ready for the unexpected and know how to manage it.

Based on practical case studies, the session will explore different crisis scenarios and identify the elements which are necessary to turn a potential damage to the reputation of the company into an opportunity towards internal and external stakeholders.

 

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4. Learning Session: BSCI 2.0 Implementation in my Company

This session will share experiences of implementing BSCI 2.0 in companies to learn best practices. Focussing on the three cornerstones of BSCI 2.0: due diligence, continuous improvement, and embedding social responsibility into the business enterprise culture. Participants will be actively involved and learning of new ways to make BSCI 2.0 happen successfully in their own company at the same time. This session is of value to established BSCI participants and new participants alike.

 

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13:00 – 14:30

Networking Lunch

Over the lunch break, FTA invites members to visit the information stands, join the country sessions and to participate in speed networking taking place around the venue.

14:30 – 15:30

Breakout Sessions

 

1. The Rule Breakers of BSCI

This session will be led by BSCI’s Managing Director who will confront BSCI’s biggest challenges faced by its participants, factories and service providers. This session will raise the most sensitive questions exploring the number of free riders, those selling RSP, fake records. And what can be done to effectively work together towards achieving BSCI’s ultimate mission of improving working conditions in factories and farms worldwide?

 

Read the session summary. To request the PowerPoint presentation please email info@fta-intl.org

 

2. What Does it Take to be a Sustainability Manager? 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a dynamic movement that has been evolving over the past decades; this involves rethinking the management of people, processes and impact. Thought leaders argue that corporations now need to move towards CSR 2.0, implying a shift in the sustainability managers’ role. What has been achieved so far and how can impact be better leveraged? These are some of the questions that business practitioners and experts will help to address.

 

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3. Handling Zero Tolerance in a Smart Way

Shall I quit business with a producer where Child Labour was found? How should I proceed in case one of my producers tried to bride the BSCI auditor? In an interactive manner the audience will share experience and discuss the opportunities of the new Zero Tolerance Protocol and how to use it in the most effective way.

 

Read the session summary.  To request the PowerPoint presentation please email info@fta-intl.org

 

4. Sourcing from Thailand: How to Limit Risks While Promoting Opportunities

Doing business with Thailand is currently put to a big test: continuous allegations of inadequate labour conditions, the EU investigation on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and the deadlock of negotiations for an EU-Thailand free trade agreement. What are the future prospects for sourcing and doing business in Thailand?

 

Read the session summary. To request the PowerPoint presentation please email info@fta-intl.org

 

5. Supply Chain Chemical Management

Meeting increasing legal requirements and external pressures on chemicals constitute a big part of companies’ sustainability efforts. The main challenge is to find ways to effectively address chemical management in the supply chain. Producers often struggle with local legislation and lack the manpower or expertise to handle requirements. Join this session to hear practical company examples, and learn how FTA Sustainability services, particularly BEPI, can support you.

 

Read the session summary. To request the PowerPoint presentation please email info@fta-intl.org

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

During the coffee break, FTA invites conference delegates to learn more about FTA’s internal workings, engage in activities at the national level and meet the FTA country representatives to learn more about activities in sourcing countries.

16:30 – 17:50

FTA General Assembly

During the FTA General Assembly, members will be requested to vote to approve the past year’s activities of the association and approve its future direction. In addition, members will also take part in the election of a new FTA Board of Directors.

17:50 – 18:00

Closing by Christian Ewert, FTA Director General

Christian Ewert will wrap up the day and warmly invite members to gather again during the evening gala.

18:00 – 21:00

Evening Gala

FTA members and stakeholders are invited to join an informal evening gala to continue networking in the historical and cultural Theatre du Vaudeville.

Timing Activity

09:00 – 09:20

Welcome by Christian Ewert, FTA Director General

 

Christian Ewert will welcome all conference delegates and will be interviewed by moderator of the day, John Morrison, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business

09:00 – 09:20

Welcome by Christian Ewert, FTA Director General

 

Christian Ewert welcomes all conference delegates and is interviewed by moderator of the day, John Morrison, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business

09:20 – 10:30

What is the Sustainable Business Model of the Future?

 

With a growing population set to reach 9 billion in 2050, this panel will explore how companies can adapt their business models to create sustainable business models that meet the needs of the future. Thought leaders are invited to give their insight on the future trends.

Read the Session Summary

Watch Dante Pesce’s Interview

Watch Louise Nicholl’s speech and download her presentation

Watch Jonathon Porritt’s speech

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

 

During the coffee break, FTA invites conference delegates to learn more about FTA’s internal workings, engage in activities at the national level and meet the FTA country representatives to learn more about activities in sourcing countries.

11:00 – 12:15

Breakout Sessions

 

1. Influencing the Supply Chain Beyond Your First Tier

After a mapping of your supply chain and taking action towards making improvements in your supply chains, the next task is to go beyond your first tier. This session will look at the challenges with regard to communicating and influencing change beyond tier one.

 

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2. Effective Ways to Increase Social Performance Through Worker Satisfaction

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights place grievance mechanisms at the heart of effective due diligence in the responsibility of business enterprises to respect human and labour rights as well as in the center of the pillar for remedy. Speakers of this session will share their experience of how to learn and build an effective grievance mechanism through participation of a pilot in China to enhance their social performance with increasing workers satisfaction and other benefits.

 

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3. Managing Water Risks in Your Supply Chain

As water scarcity, security and pollution intensify this presents an increasing risk to business and their supply chains. This session takes a look at the key issues and how collaboration helps businesses to manage future water risks.

 

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4. BSCI and a Cost / Benefit Analysis of Collaboration

This session will investigate the benefits of engaging in BSCI, particularly in terms of cost savings through audit reduction among other BSCI services. FTA’s Senior Director Sustainability, Darrell Doren, will explore the figures that make your engagement in BSCI financially beneficial to your company. BSCI’s forthcoming collaborative ventures will also be presented which are set to increase the value of your participation!

 

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12:15 – 13:45

Networking Lunch

 

Over the lunch break, FTA invites members to visit the information stands, join the country sessions and to participate in speed networking taking place around the venue.

13:45 – 15:00

Breakout Sessions

 

1. Migrant Workers in Turkey: The Journey

As the Syrian crisis continues to drive millions of people out of their country, a new migrant labour market has emerged in Turkey. The small percentage of registered workers, as well as the unregistered majority, face human and labour right violations in the workforce. In this session, two cases of contrasting backgrounds will be presented to the audience to discuss the current state of dilemma, and have an insight on the possible scenarios they may face in their supply chain.

 

2. Is Bangladesh a Success Story?

This session will look back on the past few decades years of this countries development. In the 40 years since independence, the Bangladesh poverty rate has plummeted from 80% to less than 30% today. While the garment sector contributes to a vital part of the GDP, the sector’s safety regulations and protections for garment workers are not sufficient. Bangladesh is also the country most impacted by climate change. This session will explore the positive side of Bangladesh’s development, along with the challenges the country has yet to tackle.

 

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3. Accelerating Women’s Empowerment in Global Supply Chains – Collaboration Can Make a Difference

The vast majority of workers in global supply chains are women, representing 60 to 90 per cent of jobs. Although supply chains give them access to the formal economy, they are still at risk. Investing in women via collaborative efforts makes good business sense and offers the most significant opportunities for advancing their empowerment while achieving business goals This interactive discussion will debate and explore the types of collaborations and partnerships needed to create globally relevant, locally appropriate solutions to mobilise collective stakeholder action to advance women’s empowerment in the supply chains.

 

4.  From Mapping your Supply Chain to Assessing your Impact!

From Mapping your Supply Chain to Assessing Your Impact! In an interactive session, the audience will learn practical ways to not only map your supply chain but to understand the direct and indirect risks and impact in the supply chain and deal with them in the most effective way. This session will explore risks of trading with countries, with along with social and environmental risks in the supply chain.

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15:00 – 15:45

Examples of Collaboration in the Supply Chain

 

During this session, examples of successful collaboration stories are presented by an FTA member, FTA National Contact Group Chair and Coordinator, and FTA Country Representative.

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15:45 – 16:45

Climate Change and Human Rights: An Intertwined Challenge

 

It is increasing apparent that climate change impact human rights. The United Nations Human Rights Council recognised in its resolution ‘Human rights and climate change’, that climate change “poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the word”. This session will explore how environmental and social concerns should be considered in parallel in order to live in a prosperous world.

Watch Alan Atkisson’s presentation and download his presentation

Watch Runa Khan’s presentation and download her video

16:45 – 17:00

Wrap Up Interview with Darrell Doren , FTA Senior Director Sustainability

 

Following a day of moderation, John Morrison, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business together with FTA’s Senior Director for Sustainability, Darrell Doren wrap up the discussions of the day.

17:00 – 19:00

Cocktail

 

FTA members and stakeholders join the final cocktail to end the two-day conference.

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA promote over 1,700 retailers, importers and brands to promote and defend free trade and supports their international business by providing information and practical solutions towards sustainability in the international supply chain. http://www.fta-intl.org