amfori Calls for Responsible Purchasing Practices During UN Conference


amfori President Christian Ewert was interviewed by media in Greater China and participated in a series of UN online conferences recently. He called for responsible purchasing practices (RPP) and continued due diligence amid the COVID-19 crisis.

In the past few months, global trade has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in Asia where major sourcing countries are located. To learn more about the key challenges and opportunities of COVID-19 on the global supply chain, China Daily Hong Kong, Hong Kong Economic Times (in Chinese only), Hong Kong Means Business (English and Chinese) all recently reported on Ewert’s insights.

Ewert urged businesses to take corporate social responsibility as a vaccine for sustaining global trade against the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. He also shared the findings from amfori’s global surveys on the impact of the pandemic on global supply chains.

To further promote RPP and business, amfori Director APAC Joyce Chau also participated in two session of the UN Virtual Forum on Responsible Business and Human Rights on June 10 and 12.  She analysed how RPP can strengthen business relations and help cushion the COVID-19 shocks. This then ensures the sustainability of supply chains and helps build resilient supply chains that generate decent work opportunities.

View the recording of the two sessions:

- Preparing for the New Normal: International Trade in a Post COVID-19 World

- Responsible Purchasing Practices amid COVID-19 and Beyond: amfori BSCI as the tool to support Members to stay competitive during and beyond the pandemic

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