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SUPPLY CHA!NGE, Addressing Due Diligence in Food Supply Chains

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Room Félicien Cattier

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Egmontstraat / Rue d'Egmont 11

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The SUPPLY CHA!NGE project aims to improve labor conditions in countries of the global South and reduce environmental damage along the food supply chains. The project is especially targeting store brand food products sold in European supermarkets, striving to make them greener and fairer.

In order to continue the dialogue with retailers that we started at the national round tables we will gather together government, retailers and CSO representatives so that we can set the base of a common understanding of food supply chains at an European level and get some agreements on how to improve food supply chains.

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09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 – 10:00 Introduction: European retailers and policy-makers at the heart of a global SUPPLY CHA!NGE and opening speech by DG Devco.

10:00 – 11:00 Speech by Prof. Surya Deva about the importance and challenges of implementing Business and Human Rights.

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Opening Panel: Stakeholder perspectives on implementing human rights and environmental due diligence amongst European retailers. Moderation by Stefan Grasgruber-Kerl (Suedwind).

- Speech by Danielle Auroi (French MP) on the green card on the duty of vigilance.

- Speech by Lettemieke Mulder (Eurocommerce) on the initiatives of retailers to implement corporate human rights and environmental due diligence in their supply chains.

- Speech by Dr. Christopher Tankou (University of Dschang, Department of Crop Science, Cameroon) on the insights from Cameroon.

- Speech by Sandra Dusch (CIR) on policy demands from European CSOs.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 Parallel Fora: How to promote environmental and human rights due diligence in food supply chains.

FORUM I: European retailers and human rights due diligence in practice. The case of orange juice from Brazil . Chair and input: Sandra Dusch Silva (CIR).

FORUM II: Stopping deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change resulting from agricultural production. The case of palm oil in Indonesia. Chair and input: Martin Wildenberg (GLOBAL2000) and Klementina Dukoska (Climate Reality Leadership Corps).

FORUM III: Applying lessons from existing EU supply chain regulations to global food supply chains. Chair and Input: Nicole Polsterer (FERN) and Ken Matthysen (IPIS).

FORUM IV: The Role of small and medium size companies in improving local development and livelihoods in the Global South. Chair and input: Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl (BLYSSChocolate) and Christopher Thankou (University of Dschang)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 Policy at Cross Roads: Voluntary Measures, Smart Mix or a Binding Treaty regulation?

- Jerome Chaplier, ECCJ

- MEP Florent Marcellesi, European Parliament

- Dr. Pierre Gröning, Foreign Trade Association

17:00 Wrap up by Eva Izquierdo (EEB).

For more information: www. supplychainge.org

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/supplychainge/?ref=bookmarks

And on Twitter: @SUPPLY_CHAINGE ; #EU_SUPPLYCHAINGE

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