Season's Greetings! A look back at 2016


Dear members and partners,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and FTA team, we would like to wish you a happy holiday season and a festive start to 2017. We invite you to check out FTA's main 2016 highlights below. Together we will continue our efforts towards sustainable supply chains and international trade.

Looking Back at 2016

Providing the right tools in sustainable supply chain management  – 2016 marked the year of the implementation of BSCI 2.0, an updated version of our social performance supply chain management system. The launch of the FTA Dashboard was the first step towards unified business intelligence. The BEPI Supply Chain Chemical Management Module is a common set of tools and standards to support members dealing with chemical issues.

Strengthening strategic partnerships – We believe in the power of collaboration to achieve sustainable results. FTA worked with international bodies such as ILO, UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights and International Organization for Migration (IOM) and leading organisations like Zero Discharge of Hazardous Programme (ZDHC), Sedex, Foretica and Fair Labor Association (FLA) among others.

Expanding the global outreach of FTA – This year we added new representations in Spain, France, Denmark, India, Turkey and USA/ Canada to support members, bringing our network to a total of 13 representations. FTA also brought together hundreds of representatives from NGOs, government, academics and think tanks for the FTA Sustainability Conference 2016 in June.

Demonstrating expertise in EU-China relations – FTA made a strong contribution to China's Market Economy Status discussion. In addition, to support trade relations with this key sourcing country, FTA commissioned a study by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) on a possible EU-China free trade agreement that was presented at two successful conferences in Brussels and Beijing.

Getting engaged on pressing issues – FTA supported companies in understanding the challenging issue of migrant workers. Our work was broadly recognised by several international organisations such as the UN General Assembly citing the Guidance documenton Syrian refugees working in Turkey.

We count on your support to make 2017 just as successful.

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