Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Welcome, Introductions and Opening Dinner Keynote Address A Gravitational Shift in Influence: The Drivers of Consumer ConscienceThis session sets the scene. We explore the social and economic context of what is driving export development now and in the future in an increasingly environmentally and ethically aware global market and what the implications for developing countries are.Speaker- Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives, India - Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC), Switzerland Moderator- Samira Ahmed, Presenter and Correspondent, United Kingdom
Fair trade 'will survive economic crisis'Opening Keynote Plenary DebateConsumer Conscience: Hype or High Potential?How important is consumer conscience? To what extent should developing countries use this conscience to build economic viability? Is it built on tangible economic substance? What is the actual size of the ethical market? How much is information, as opposed to disinformation and misinformation?
Speaker- Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO) - Video- Gareth Thomas, UK Minister of State for Development, United Kingdom - Alex Brigham, Executive Director, The Ethisphere Institute, United States of America Moderator- Samira Ahmed, Presenter and Correspondent, United Kingdom
Are Consumers Driving Markets? Contending with Buyer Power
Session PropositionAre Consumers Driving Markets? Contending with Buyer PowerIn the final analysis, producers need to meet the demands of corporate buyers. They do not deal directly with consumers. On the one hand, corporate buyers argue that they have adopted some form of ethical sourcing policy to address growing public concern. But are these buyers really tuned in to consumer conscience? In other words, do they heed or do they influence consumer conscience? Speaker- Katy Leakey, Founder, The Leakey Collection, Kenya - Dana Kissinger-Matray, Secretary of COPOLCO, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Switzerland - Neil Kelsall, Chief Executive Officer, Kelsall Limited, United Kingdom Moderator- Ernst von Kimakowitz, The Humanistic Management Network, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Acting on Consumer Conscience: Towards Responsible Innovation
Acting on Consumer Conscience: Towards Responsible Innovation Exporters in developing countries must give attention to the growing concerns of buyers. Indeed, this has been, and could continue to be a means of innovation. What must exporters do? What are their real chances of becoming ethical innovators?
Speaker- Arun Kumar, President, Development Alternatives, India - Philip Leakey, Founder, The Leakey Collection, Kenya - Anukul Tamprasirt, Deputy General Secretary, The Federation of Thai Industries, ThailandModerator- Gavin Staude, Director, Rhodes University Investec Business School, South Africa
Consumer Conscience: Ethical Marketing and BrandingSession PropositionTapping into Consumer Conscience: Is it all about Ethical Marketing and Branding? Consumers who advocate the purchase of ethical and environmentally friendly products and services also want value for money. To what extent are they influenced by perceptions? To what extent is the purchasing decision made on ethical considerations? How can exporters in developing countries provide a healthy balance of value whilst creating the right image?
Speaker- Kevin O’Brien, Group Company Secretary, The SPAR Group Ltd, South Africa - James Porter, Chairman, TBWA\Group\Durban, South Africa - Ania Jakubowski, Associate Director in Marketing, Procter & Gamble, Switzerland Moderator- Roland Higgins, Policy Advisor, Rainforest Alliance, Belgium
UN Report: Pro-poor Business ModelsPresenter:- Adam Rogers, Senior Communications Adviser, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)- David Luke, Senior Trade Adviser and Coordinator of the Trade and Human Development Unit, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Buy for Development: A PreviewPresenter:- Friedrich von Kirchbach, Director, Division of Market Development, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Environmental Standards for Global Markets: Implications for Developing CountriesSession PropositionEnvironmental Standards for Global Markets: Implications for Developing CountriesDeveloping countries are standard-adopters and not standard-setters. They are often challenged in implementing standards introduced by developed countries, which are often too strict and change too quickly. How are these standards impacting developing country exports? Are import bans on environmental reasons justified? Are these standards a pretext for protectionism? How could developing countries have a better claim to setting standards?
Speaker- Ulrich Hoffmann, Chief, Trade and Sustainable Development Section, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - Kevin McKinley, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - Jochen Krebuehl, Programme Office Social and Ecological Standards, GTZ, Germany Moderator- Jacqueline Coté, ICC Permanent Representative in Geneva, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Financing the Environmental Dividends: Who Does What?
Session PropositionFinancing the Environmental Dividends: Who Does What? Exporters in developing countries are between a rock and a hard place. If they ignore consumer conscience, they will be out of business. On the other hand, to comply with demands, they need to change how they do things. How are enterprises in developing countries expected to foot the bill? What are the options?
Moderator- Anthony Lumby, President, International Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, South Africa
Ethical Trade: Does it come at a Developmental Cost?
Plenary DebateEthical Trade: Does it come at a Developmental Cost?Is ethical trade really good for development? Does it generate employment? Does it contribute to poverty alleviation? Does it provide an equal opportunity for all? Or does it produce the opposite effect? Can developing countries suddenly become ethical producers? Who wins, and who loses? What is the balance between ethics and development?Speaker- Patrick Low, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)- Robin Cameron, Chief Executive, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, Germany - Khalid Sheikh, Chairman, Clifton Packaging Group, United Kingdom Moderator- Samira Ahmed, Presenter and Correspondent, United Kingdom
Ethics Through Whose Eyes? Dealing with Label and Certification ProliferationSession PropositionEthics Through Whose Eyes? Dealing with Label and Certification ProliferationWhat impact has the explosion of "ethical" labelling standards had on producers and exporters? What are the likely trends as firms and consumers influence the ecolabels and standards? Is it possible to have more uniform global labelling standards?Speaker- Sunil Joseph, General Manager, PDS Organic Spices, India - Bernhard Herold, Coordinator, Fair Wear Foundation, Switzerland- Chris Sellers, Chief Executive Officer, Agentrics, United States of America Moderator- Daniele Giovannucci, Co-founder, Committee on Sustainability Assessment, United States of America
Ethics and Business Linkages: Supply Chain Implications for ExportersSession PropositionEthics and Business Linkages: Supply Chain Implications for ExportersWho are the new players in the supply chain? How could enterprises in developing countries fulfil customer demands through the most efficient use of resources, including distribution capacity, inventory and labour? Speaker- John Whelan, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Exporters Organization, Ireland - Stuart Symington, Chief Executive Officer, Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum, South Africa - Celine Roche, Vice-President, Specialty Ingredients Division North America, Mane, United States of America Moderator- Ashok Sharma, Indian Academy of Management, India
Scaling-up Social Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Solutions Session Proposition
Scaling-up Social Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Solutions The impact of social entrepeneurship remains limited and local. What are the conditions that are conducive to replicating, multiplying or massifying the benefits of social entrepeneurship in a pragmatic and sustainable manner?Speaker- Elizabeth A. Vazquez, Executive Director, Quantum Leaps, Inc., United States of America - Ronke Daniel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ladmok Company Ltd, Nigeria - Astrid Ruiz Thierry, President, Women in World Markets Ltd, Spain Moderator- Parag Gupta, Associate Director and Head of South Asia, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland
Impact on Development: Is there an Ethical Distribution of Benefits? Session PropositionImpact on Development: Is there an Ethical Distribution of Benefits? Are the benefits and margins from ethical trade significant, and if so, do they reach the small producer to help improve their social and environmental conditions, or do most of these earnings get lost down the line? Speaker- Neelam Chhiber, Founder Director, Industreecrafts pvt. Ltd, India - Anne MacCaig, Chief Executive Officer, Cafèdirect PLC, United Kingdom - Willington Wamayeye, General Manager, Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative, Uganda - Marc Sidwell, International Policy Network, United Kingdom Moderator- Karen Ellis, Programme Leader, Business and Development Performance Programme, International Economic Development Group, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), United Kingdom
Sustainable Trade: e-Transparency through the Value Chain Session PropositionSustainable Trade: e-Transparency through the Value Chain Consumers want to make the right decisions and therefore require relevant information throughout the value-chain. This calls for transparency so that everyone is on the same page. That page could only be a web page, given the increasing complexity and number of stakeholders.Speaker- Telojo Onu, Managing Director, Caribbean Institute of E-Business and International Trade,St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Ged Buffee, President, The African Organic Farming Foundation, South Africa - Ian Sanderson, Head, International Cooperation and Development, Deloitte, SwitzerlandModerator- Robert Jackson, Managing Principal, Audit Education, Hilton, South Africa
Defining a Business Model for Sustainability: Does One Size Fit All?
Session PropositionDefining a Business Model for Sustainability: Does One Size Fit All? Sustainability is not just about the environment, but also about business. To what extent must enterprises embrace ethical considerations whilst ensuring that they remain commercially viable? What is the business model that enterprises from developing countries must follow?Speaker- John Viljoen, Managing Director, iedex group of companies, Australia - John James, Programme Director, Southern African Business Linkages (SAIBL), South Africa- Harriet Lamb, Executive Director, the Fairtrade Foundation, United Kingdom Moderator- Osman Atac, Chief, Trade Support Institution Strengthening, International Trade Centre (ITC)
True storiesQuestion & Answer SessionTrue Stories: Why the Rise of Social Responsibility is Good for BusinessKeynote speaker- Craig Davis, Chief Creative Officer, JWT Worldwide, United Kingdom Moderator:- Samira Ahmed, Presenter and Correspondent, United Kingdom