The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum 2021, one of the leading global events on sustainable value chains, will take place on September 27-28 this year, in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum 2021. Under the theme “Sustainable Trade: the Heart of the Post-COVID Global Economy”, the Forum will explore the status of the sustainability agenda in the context of the Post-COVID world, and the role of sustainability standards in building forward better. This hybrid event will convene a wide range of stakeholders from the trade and development community, including small business owners, high-level government officials, policy makers and inspiring changemakers.

The 2020 edition of the event brought together

40 +

renowned speakers

1400 +


120 +

countries represented

4000 +


Full Programme

Day ONE Monday, 27 September (CET Time)

10:00 - 10:10
Welcome Address
Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director, ITC
10:00 - 10:15
H.E. Andrés Valenciano,
Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
10:15 - 10:20
Henry Puna
Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
10:20 - 10:25
Jerry Spooner
Director, Vanuatu Department of Tourism
10:30 - 11:15
PANEL 1: Kick-off Dialogue: Sustainability Standards - in Retrospect, Introspect & Prospect
Gabriela Alvarez
Co-founder, No Name Chocolate
Vera Thorstensen
Professor, School of Economics, Getulio Vargas Foundation and Head, Center on Global Trade and Investments
Joseph Wozniak
Head, Trade for Sustainable Development Programme, ITC
Natalie Domeisen
(Moderator) Head, Corporate Events and Publishing, ITC
11:30 - 12:30
PANEL 2: Sustainability Standards in Practice
Salma Abdulai
Co-founder & CEO, Amaati Company Limited
Deniz Harut
Executive Director, Head of Sustainable Finance (Europe & America), Standard Chartered
Daniel Hopp
CEO, Hopp
Sarah Negro
Global Public Affairs Manager, H&M Hennes & Mauritz
Natalie Domeisen
(Moderator) Head, Corporate Events and Publishing, ITC
12:40 - 13:10
A FIRE-SIDE CHAT: AfCFTA: A New Hope for Sustainability?
Petina Gappah
Principal Legal Advisor, Office of the Secretary-General, AfCFTA
Matthew Wilson
(Moderator), Chief, Special Projects, ITC
14:00 - 15:00
PANEL 3: The Role of Standards in Sustainable Trade Policy
H.E. Muhammad Lutfi
Minister of Trade, Indonesia
Cécile Billaux
Head of Unit Micro-economic Analysis, Investment Climate, Private Sector, Trade and Employment, Directorate-General International Partnerships, European Commission
Devesh Dukhira
CEO, Mauritius Sugar Syndicate
Sebastian Herold
Deputy Head, Division for sustainable textile supply chains and sustainable consumption, BMZ
Natalie Domeisen
(Moderator) Head, Corporate Events and Publishing, ITC
15:05 - 15:10
H.E. Kirk D. M. Humphrey
Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Barbados
15:10 - 16:10
PANEL 4: A Look into the Crystal Ball – The Future of Sustainability Standards
Jane Duncan
Director of Operations, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
Richard Fox
Director of Sustainability, Flamingo Horticulture Limited
Patrick Mallet
Innovations Director, ISEAL Alliance
Rijit Sengupta
CEO, Centre for Responsible Business
Mathieu Lamolle
(Moderator), Senior Advisor on Sustainability Standards & Value Chains, ITC
16:25 - 16:50
SPECIAL DIALOGUE | What’s cooking? A Fresh Take on Sustainability
Pierre Thiam
Chef, Teranga Restaurant & Social entrepreneur, Yolélé Foods
Susanna Pak
(Moderator), Public Information Officer, ITC
16:50 - 17:00
Dr. Maria Flachsbarth
The Parliamentary State Secretary, BMZ

Day TWO Tuesday, 28 September

15:05 - 16:05
From Competition to Collaboration: Collective Action in Sustainability Standards
Afua Asabea Asare
CEO, Ghana Export Promotion Authority
Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director, ITC
Janet Mensink
Executive Director, Social and Labour Convergence (SLCP) Secretariat
Jean-Marie Paugam
Deputy Director-General, WTO
Tyler Gillard
(Moderator), Head of Due Diligence Unit, Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, OECD

Join us and our distinguished speakers virtually for this year’s T4SD Forum!

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