Catch Up on FTA’s Thought Leadership Webinar Series


FTA would like to thank you for your interest in the Thought Leadership Webinar series in 2016. This series has so far welcomed the interest of more than 200 FTA members and stakeholders and featured a line up of high-level thought leaders. Together, we have explored the current and emerging risks in social and environmental supply chains. In case you missed out on the webinars, a short summary is outlined below with a link to watch webinar in full

Untangling the Web of Chemical Legislation, Issues and Trends, 6 July
The most recent webinar took place on 6 July entitled ‘Untangling the Web of Chemical Legislation, Issues and Trends’. 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.

The chemical legislative framework is incredibly complex which has a huge effect on any player who needs to work on chemicals within their companies, whether that’s the chemical industry, brands or service providers.” Anouschka Jansen, BEPI Environmental Specialist

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

Migrant Workers in Turkey, 22 June

On 22 June, the second webinar of the series focused on ‘Migrant Workers in Turkey’, an important issue that concerns many BSCI participants. 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.

We foresee a tremendous growth in migrant workers. This will therefore impact businesses, particularly our members in sourcing countries. We want to provide the tools, policies and all of the work to keep our members ahead of this trend.” Darrell Doren, FTA Senior Director Sustainability.

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

On 28 April, the webinar ‘How Much ‘Sustainability’ is in the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement?’ 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.

The EU-Vietnam agreement will support business development and we anticipate an exchange of goods and services because of it. This agreement also contains a strong chapter on sustainability – the most ambitious sustainability chapter of all foreign trade agreements negotiated so far. We now support a speedy ratification process of the agreement.” Dr. Pierre Gröning, Head of International Trade Policy.

Watch the webinar here.


We invite you to tune back after the break when we will host our next webinar ‘Women’s Empowerment in Chinese Factories’. More information will be communicated in the coming weeks.

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