amfori Forum Explores Best Practices in Responsible Sourcing Towards Achieving the SDGs

26-09-2018

amfori’s forum in Hong Kong, held in mid-September, focused on responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chain management with the aim of supporting businesses to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This forum united companies, international organisations, governments, and stakeholders to: 

  • Exchange best practices for enhanced sustainability in their global value chains; 
  • Showcase the work of governments, amfori, amfori Members and their partners, stakeholders towards improving responsible sourcing at the local level; 
  • Foster a collaborative approach towards jointly achieving the SDGs.

amfori President Christian Ewert gave the opening remarks, presenting amfori’s contributions to the SDGs through Vision 2030 and emphasising the importance of collaborative efforts made together with stakeholders.

“At amfori we feel obliged to create an interactive platform, such as this Forum to help check the pulse of our progress made in driving the SDGs, how to better align resources, build better synergies for better results,” said Mr Ewert.

Businesses presented their best practices in responsible sourcing and sustainable production, including examples such as :

  • tackling the challenges of Chinese companies when investing abroad and solutions to through better CSR strategies;
  • contributing to the implementation of SDGs through new technologies, smart design and tailored CSR activities;
  • demonstrating how international labels, standards and tools such as amfori BSCI and amfori BEPI, supports strategies in building a sustainable supply chain;
  • introducing practices for due diligence, transparency and respect, partnerships, collaboration and accountability.

Ms Eva Valle Lagares, Counsellor and Head of Trade Section of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macau echoed the need of joint efforts for achieving the SDGs and shared how the EU trade policies can support and reinforce sustainable development.

“The EU remains a supporter of open and fair trade. That means much more than boosting economic prosperity. It also means supporting sustainable development and improving everybody’s life and condition. The direction of policies we are taking can be directly linked to SDGs and we are bringing together governments, business and trade unions to address the challenges in the sourcing countries,” said Ms Valle Lagares.

This forum was held with the support of our partners: Invest Hong Kong, the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and CESA-CSR.

See the forum wrap up video - in English and in Chinese.

To find out more about how amfori contributes to the SDGs, check out our dedicated webpage.

Join in on the discussion as we celebrate Global Goals Week!

 

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