2016 FTA Thought Leadership Webinar Series Roundup


Throughout 2016, FTA has partnered with international experts on key international trade and sustainability matters to offer valuable insights and best practices during its Thought Leadership Webinar Series.

In 2016, over 200 people from business to politics and academia, profited from these discussions, which covered the following topics:

Labour Brokers, 30 November

The most recent webinar took place on 30 November, participants joining this webinar learned from experts and business representatives on how to mitigate forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains. Together, they shared best practices to eliminate unethical recruitment practices and tackle important issues, such as excessive recruitment fees and confiscation of workers' passports. Over 40 participants attended the webinar, which featured Kristina Areskog Bjurling, Axfood Sustainability Coordinator; Patrick Neyts, Senior Advisor and Managing partner at VECTRA international; Clara Pascual de Vargas, Human Rights officer at UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Verónica Rubio, FTA Senior Manager Strategic Programmes.  

Watch the webinar

Untangling the Web of Chemical Legislation, Issues and Trends, 6 July
Following an introduction to chemical legislative framework from FTA’s Head of International Trade Policy, Dr. Pierre Gröning, this webinar featured a panel discussion moderated by BEPI’s Environmental Specialist, Anouschka Jansen. The panel provided the linkages between existing and emerging legislations, issues and trends on chemicals in the textile and footwear industry. High-level speakers included Dr. Dirk von Czarnowski, Vice President Global Chemicals at Intertek, Dr. Adriana Jalpa, Manager of International Chemicals Management at the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), and Marcus Kürner, Global Director Product Safety and Compliance at adidas Group.

Watch the webinar and read more about BEPI's newly-launched Supply Chain Chemical Management module.

Migrant Workers in Turkey, 22 June
This session provided specific insights on the current and emerging risks for migrant workers in Turkey, with a focus on how to deal with informal workers. The session involved BSCI Auditing Coordinator, Yakut Oktay who provided detailed insight on BSCI operations in Turkey, while CSR Specialist, Muge Tuna, shared on-the-ground experiences of migrant workers in Turkey. From a company perspective, CSR Manager of Buying Markets at Otto Group, Maren Barthel, offered her personal insight and expectations for the future. While Darrell Doren, FTA Senior Director of Sustainability wrapped up discussions addressing the growing trends of migrant and global implications.
Watch the webinar here and read more about BSCI's collaboration with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) on migrant workers in Turkey.

How Much ‘Sustainability’ is in the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement? 28 April
The webinar explored the strong sustainability chapter in the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement. FTA’s Head of International Trade Policy, Dr. Pierre Gröning led the session and welcomed insights from FTA member, Monique Ansink, Owner of Excellent Products bv and Frauke Sommer from DG Trade at the European Commission. The session offered first-hand experiences of the impact on the supply chain at company level and outlined the various sustainability initiatives that the EU and European companies are implementing in the country.
Watch the webinar here.

Stay tuned for our upcoming webinars in the Thought Leadership Webinar series!

For any further inquiries, please contact info@fta-intl.org.

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