Program overview - Trade assistance

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: Sustainability in Global Value Chains
Hong Kong SAR, 14 November 2018

Participation in this event is free of charge

Global Value Chains (GVCs) have created new opportunities for emerging economies to participate in global trade, with positive impacts on local growth and development. However only a handful of Asian economies have successfully engaged in GVCs and achieved sustainable growth and improvements on social equity, as highlighted in the Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2018. GVC’s have also impacted key environmental metrics, creating climate and material risks.

Companies now need to start building more inclusive, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable value chains, to meet the challenges of climate change, population growth, and to sustain support for global trade.

With this in mind, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Hinrich Foundation have partnered to organize a conference about Sustainability in GVC’s. This conference will explore existing company initiatives for enhancing the sustainability of GVCs and trade, and also look at ways of building industry coordination and better standards for more sustainable and resilient supply chains.


Venue: Harbour Grand Hotel Kowloon, Whampoa 1, Meeting Room
20 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

8.15 Registration & coffee
8.30 Introductory remarks
  • Kathryn DIOTH, Chief Executive Officer, Hinrich Foundation, Hong Kong
  • Dr Peter HEFELE, Director, KAS RECAP, Hong Kong
8.40-9.00 Presentation: The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2018. How trade and supply chains impact sustainable development? Presentation: Stephen OLSON, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation, Hong Kong

SESSION 1: Experiences and challenges faced by companies when greening supply chains

Chair: Eileen GALLAGHER, Manager, BSR Hong Kong

  • Dr. Andreas MEIER, Vice President Corporate Affairs, BASF Asia Pacific
  • Amie SHUTTLEWORTH, Global Director of Sustainability, Cundall
  • Prof Dr. Joerg S. HOFSTETTER, President, International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains (ISVC), St. Gallen
  • Björn WAHLSTRÖM, Partner & Director of Operations, Current Consulting, Hong Kong
10.00-10.30 Coffee

SESSION 2: Sustainability as a driver for future growth. What drives transformation in global value chains?

Presentation: Derek Wu, GlobeScan: The rise of the aspirational consumers – How millennials influence brands?

Discussion: How civil society and technology influence supply chain transformation?

Chair: Berenice VOETS, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hinrich Foundation

  • Derek Wu, Analyst, GlobeScan
  • Allisa Lau, Regional Manager, China Supply Chain and Consumer Marketing, Cotton Council International
  • Yam Ki CHAN, Head of Public Policy, Google

SESSION 3: Creating an effective international regulatory framework for sustainable supply chains. Do we need more government regulation or industry self-regulation?

Chair: Robert AGNEW, Chairman, European Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong

  • Joyce CHAU, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Amfori, Hong Kong
  • Karen HO, Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability, WWF Hong Kong Climate Programme, WWF
  • Dr. Nadira LAMRAD, Assistant Director, Sustainability and ESG Advisory, Business Environmental Council, Hong Kong
  • Andrew SCHROTH, Board member, Garment, Apparel, Footwear and Textile Initiative (GAFTI)
12.30 Concluding Remarks
  • Dr. Hubertus BARDT, Managing Director, German Economic Institute, Cologne
12.45 Lunch