Harnessing the Potential of Sustainable Trade



At amfori, we advocate the holistic relationship between trade and sustainability. Join us in the new year at our Sustainable Trade Forum: Harnessing the potential of sustainable trade in the new EU term, taking place on 21 January in Brussels.

Learn more about how the institutions will take shape and their approach to international trade and global supply chains. 

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Check out some of the highlights of our Advocacy activities and major milestones of this year:

Pushing for Progress: Advocacy matters 

The launch of the amfori EU Agenda 2024 was a highlight of amfori’s activities this year. This series of recommendations showcases the policies that amfori would like the new EU Commission to prioritise over this new five-year term. The Agenda 2024 focusses on three pillars of social, environment and economic progress. 2019 also saw the introduction of amfori’s Advocacy principles. This handbook is a translation of our Vision 2030 into a guide for the organisation’s advocacy engagement on open and sustainable trade globally.


Promoting amfori as a centre of excellence

Throughout the year, the team worked actively to position amfori as the go-to organisation in Brussels on trade and sustainable development issues. Our continuous work and efforts have paid off with amfori getting a number if high level speaking slots at the European Commission this year. The most striking was the invitation for Mr Christian Ewert, amfori President, to speak on behalf of businesses at a high-level conference organised by the European Commission. Mr Ewert was at a panel flanked by the European Commissioner for Trade, Ms Cecilia Malmstrom, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Mr. Roberto Azevedo, and the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder.

The intensive tempo of the Governmental Affairs team’s work during 2019 is also underlined by the fact that we attended over 200 meetings, events, and conferences with officials and other major stakeholders. Moreover, we took an active part in several consultative bodies to EU institutions, such as the European Commission’s Trade Expert Group, Directorate-General for Trade Civil Society Dialogue Steering Committee and as the European Chemical Agency’s accredited stakeholder. In all of these fora, we brought across the views of amfori and its members to the front of EU discussions. 

Building networks for driving change

The Governmental Affairs team also took part in several business coalitions to support topics and issues of high relevance to our members. Regarding the EU-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA), amfori has been spearheading a coalition of business associations in support of the ratification of the agreement. This has provided a lot of traction for the EVFTA in the run-up to the vote at the European Parliament 1st Quarter of 2020, and we are confident that the coalition will have a positive result on the vote. amfori also joined the Proactive alliance with the aim to finalise the recommendations for a global standard to report on Substances in Articles along the supply chains.

Get engaged!

If you have any further questions, or would like to actively engages in discussions at amfori on policy and advocacy issues, you can get in touch directly with our team.